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 fun ("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 possible things, 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 so that the holiday joy will spread.
Surf around your friendslist (or friends' friends, 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. Once a wish has been granted, it will be crossed off my list.
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.
All I Want for Christmas Is...
1. Wherever you live, (in a city, small town, it doesn't matter), I bet you pass by at least one homeless person in a day. Whatever your opinions are about helping them, or how they got into their situation, say hello and smile at them. A cup of coffee would be nice too. It is cold, and even if it is "their own fault" that they are in this situation, all of us have made poor choices in our lives. We are just blessed that we have not ended up living outside in December. I have been doing a lot of work with the homeless in Nashville over the past year, (our population is pretty large), and I have been helped more by them then they have by me in so many ways.
2. An LJ paid account would be really neat. I'd love to make phone posts and have more icons.
3. My computer is on the fritz, (cracked in the front, generally pretty angry at me). I really just want a Macbook with Snow Leopard. My family is unable to help, (medical bills and such), and Voc Rehab isn't going to help with this one. I really could use it not just because I need a new computer, but because it has features which would make life so much easier for me as a musician. Garageband is accessible, and I really need something to make my own demos at home.
4. I really want to get my album finished, (fully produced, my brainchild come to life to share with the world). I have someone who is willing to do preproduction for free, and it is someone who shares my artistic vision for my music. I need to be able to go out there to work with this person for a week, but wont have the funds to do it. It is an amazing opportunity, and I really want this. Full production is a whole other animal which I will have to figure out, but this will be a good start. If you feel able to help in any way, my Email for Paypal is email@example.com. I need a jumpstart in this industry, and this could be the difference between doing what I love for a living and working in a cube for the rest of my life.
5. If anyone knows of any part-time work that I can do from home, (via computer), that would be amazing. If anyone who has their own business needs some kind of assistant, I'm there! Voc rehab is pulling some support, and I need need need a job to get me through to graduation. I can't move home, (I'll die there), and my family isn't able to help as much as they'd like to. I'll still be in school part time, but I'll have a pretty flexible schedule. I have applied around here, but people are very reluctant to hire a blind person for part time work. Sad, but true.
6. Fun icons! I'd really like album artwork of artists I love made into icons, but I'm not good at making them, and I know you kids are way more talented than I'll ever be. Joni Mitchell is my favorite artist, so that would be really awesome.
7. I'd give my left arm for an accessible phone. I have Verizon, (don't want to switch to AT&T any time soon), so the HTC Ozone is my option. I don't have an upgrade for a long time, and my phone is coming apart. I'm tired of not being able to do half of the things sighties do with their phones. I can't afford it out of pocket. A girl can dream.
8. A USB terabite external harddrive.
9. I'd really love someone to come and help setup and organize my computer desk. I suck at dealing with masses of cords, and I miss the setup I had at my old apartment, (accomplished by a techy former boyfriend), but I can't recreate it.
10. A deskchair that isn't ugly. I have a beautiful cherry wood desk, and would love to have a chair to match with a comfortable cushion. I can't find one I like anywhere that isn't a gagillion dollars.
firstname.lastname@example.org is my Email if you want to be my Christmas elf. I am sinceer when I say that number 1 is the one I'd love everyone to do this Christmas.
Everyone post their list! I want to be able to grant a wish this Christmas. It feels nice to help. Huggs!