- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.
- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
If I'm doing wishes I have to include the three I'd ask from a genie—not that I expect anyone here will be able to grant them, but if one of you secretly is a genie, I'd feel silly if I missed the opportunity, hmm?
Otherwise this is a few things that came to me in odd moments tonight, that I don't mind wishing for in this context (which does limit me somewhat).
Edit: I love you all. Really. You all are so thoughtful and kind, I have been happy all day, and it's been quite a busy day. I am entirely back in the holiday spirit, am looking forward to them again instead of saying "ugh, car travel and no time to do work," have granted a few wishes of my own, including one random stranger's. It's fabulous. Go post your own lists so I can see what I can do to pass it back to you.
- For people to seriously think about organ donation: decide
whether to be a donor (lots of
good information to start your thinking), and if you decide to,
get a donor card, put a sticker on your driver's license, sign up
with your state's registry if it has one, and most
importantly—tell your family.
Edit: I'm thrilled that so many people already are organ donors and have been reminded to talk to their families or update their cards on the topic. Thank you—it's great to hear. Keep letting me know!—especially if you weren't a donor before, or wanted to be but didn't have a card or hadn't told your family, or hadn't made a decision until now.
An icon of my smiley (non-proportional font, of course) and with some color: =>(Thank you, silmaril, for the sample ones that refined what I was looking for, and thank you, ellarien, for picking up that ball and running with it!) MP3s of Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting, which I only have on cassette.(Thank you, everyone who offered, and particularly desdenova for ultimately giving me the iTunes gift certificate.) The best truffles ever, in dark chocolate, orange, or raspberry.(Thank you, yhlee, and also greythistle for offering, whatever you end up doing.) I was going to say The Unknown Ajax or A Civil Contract, but I see they are to be re-released by Harlequin, so instead I'll say Barbara Hambly's Stranger at the Wedding.(Thank you, ceara, and jimtbari for offering.)
- The Book of the Weird (a.k.a. The Glass Harmonica), by Barbara Ninde Byfield. (Edit: papersky may have access to a copy, but has to check.)
- Interesting bookends. Ones with Ganesha would be particularly awesome.
- (the genie three:) Long life, in excellent mental and physical health, for everyone I care about, ever have cared about, or will care about.
- Being the sole winner of the next New York State lottery drawing that I buy a ticket for.
- An end to ignorance (or, if that's beyond the powers of the genie as if often the case in folklore, Culture-level control over my body).