Talk to us: What's your personal quest this holiday season?

The holiday season tends to encourage personal journeys and quests that we rarely indulge in at other times of the year. We want to hear your stories about a personal journey or quest that you have taken or plan to take.

It should be a journey — whether real, figurative, emotional or spiritual — that has helped you find or should help you find something that gives meaning to the holiday, be it about family, peace, joy, remembrance, solace, faith or each other. It can be a retelling of simpler times, of a single memory, of a banquet of days, a wish for the future or something of your path's own choosing. Think of it as a meditation on the themes of the holidays. It can be poignant, melancholy, happy, sad, funny or irreverent, but it must be unique and personal.

Your essay must be true and well-written, preferably told in the first-person and should be a maximum of 600 words. Prose and poetry will be considered. Previously published works will not be accepted.

We'll publish the best submissions in the Herald-Leader print edition and online throughout the holidays.

E-mail your submission to >> with the subject line “Holiday essay.”

To submit by mail, send entries to Holiday Essay, Lexington Herald-Leader, c/o Features Department, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508.

You must include your name, age, where you live and a daytime telephone number. This is not a contest, and no prizes will be awarded. No payment will be given.

The deadline for receipt is Dec. 5, but early submission is encouraged.