Step One – Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered…whatever you’re comfortable with) to your ^LJ^blog.
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 [insert seasonal celebration here] 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 [$MYTHICAL HOLIDAY FIGURE] could get in touch with you. – Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.
Step Two – Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list.
Step Three (this 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.
OK, here goes. I’m not going to be doing any of the “love and peace for all humanity” Miss-America wishes that I’ve seen a bunch of in my surfing, as the whole point is things that could actually happen in a reasonable span of time:
1) A job that requires thought, and pays as such. I’m also perfectly willing to take one that doesn’t require thought, but pays, say, more than $35k a year.
2) Sock-weight (24-27 st per 4 inch/10 cm) 100% alpaca yarn. Natural colors are fine but I wouldn’t turn up my nose at dyed, either.
3) The red-leather-bound Lord of the Rings.
4) A whole lot of habutai in any weight. White is fine, as I have acceptable dyeing-fu.
5) ~12 square yards of the green-purple silk gauze I saw at Pennsic. Lespedeza…
6) Red henna. I use two boxes of Light Mountain per application, as I’ve got A Lot Of Hair.
7) Any number of books. I have an Amazon wishlist, you can check it out.
8) Similarly, any number of movies/TV series on DVD
9) Coupons or gift certificates for Iams catfood
10) Fancy fabrics for the advent calendar project. Only small bits are needed, in general.