Are you an a Christmas “orphan,” or do you know someone who takes them in?

Every year, there are people who can’t get out of town during the holidays to visit distant family.

It’s a longstanding tradition that some generous folk will host some of these “orphans,” who have no close friends or family nearby to visit (or entertain) on Christmas Day.

For a feature story this year, we’re looking for both hosts and guests who can tell us about Christmas “orphan” dinners and parties, both those from the past and those planned for the future.

Send your stories and plans (with names and contact info, please) to or call (707) 521-5243 by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2.