The first year we did this, we invited family and storyteller friends to email their troubles to us to burn, and many did just that. This is the 9th annual bonfire I believe, and once again I invite my friends and family to send troubles for the fire. If you prefer to keep your troubles private, send a simple "Burn This" message and it will go into the flames along with our best thoughts and prayers for you.
Last year we burned nearly 200 troubles; this year it looks like we've all got a lot more to burn! So please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure yours get into the hottest part of the fire.
Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and family--we'd be happy to burn their troubles too!
Let's make merry, one and all, and look forward to a new year of hope and happiness!