It was a Dark and Stormy Christmas

A power outage during the holidays can be disastrous, filling the not-so silent night with children's shrieks and leaving the Xmas goose uncooked. Send us your holiday power outage horror stories and you could win a complete Powermat charging system for your smartphone!

It's time to get in the spirit of giving...and winning. Email your ho-ho-ho-horror stories to enter@gizmodo.com with "Powermat Holiday Horror Contest" as the subject line by Friday, December 3 at 6pm EST. The most cringe-worthy tales will be posted right here on Gizmodo for all to vote upon. The winner gets a full Powermat wireless charging system. That way, the next time the tree is unlit, your robotic reindeer display is frozen in mid-prance, and someone has to explain to Cousin Billy that despite the fact that Santa is due down the chimney, you actually need the hearth for heat generation, you and your family can huddle around your iPhone's Flashlight app.

Standard contest rules apply. Only open to US residents. Readers may also enter by sending their contact information to Gawker Media, Attn: Powermat Holiday Horror Contest, 210 Elizabeth Street, Fourth Floor, New York NY 10012. The contest begins on November 2 at 11:59am EST and ends on December 31 at 11:59pm EST.