Make a post (public, friends locked, 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 an 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 so that the holiday joy will spread.
Surf around your friends list to see who has posted their list. 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.
I've seen these go around LJ in previous winters, and I always kind of looked them over with envy and then kind of shook my head and scrolled past, because I just don't trust myself. I'm someone who forgets to reply to email for, uh, years at a time. Gifts? I fail. Often. Worse yet, I don't trust the general public to not surprise me with something from my list if I dared post it, so I'd be running the real risk of receiving without giving, and then I would be too ashamed of myself to enjoy whatever gift I happened to get.
The illogical workings of my inner mind aside, this year I'm adopting a new philosophy: having projects does me good. If I don't have a deadline, a prompt, and some creative freedom, I won't have a project. Encouraging others to play along with this meme might give me all three and enough motivation to see it through.
Help me out, friends! I'll be keeping an eye out for these, but if you've already posted one, it would help me to have it linked in the comments here. (This is not holiday-specific, by the way, but apparently Hanukkah comes mad early this year, so if I'm giving you a Hanukkah gift, expect it to come late.)
If you'd like my address, it's available on request at kairosimplosion@ gmail .com (if you remove the spaces, right). If you have my address, I trust you with it and you may distribute it to whoever you want to have it. Now, onto the wishes.
1.) A BtVS fanfic set in the future that features both Buffy/Angel and Spike/Faith.
2.) Icons or graphics made just for me! With stuff I like on them.
3.) Art (or commissions toward art) of any of my numerous original fantasy characters.
4.) Computer art programs, pretty much any kind. Traditional art supplies, pretty much any kind.
5.) Bare Minerals brand makeup.
6.) A Fischer's lovebird and what all he may need.
7.) Anything featuring gargoyles, giraffes, or griffins.
8.) The extended version of Donnie Darko on DVD.
9.) Find me through any channel of communication, say hi, and help me to get to know you better!
10.) Loose leaf specialty teas. I just thought of that one. Wouldn't that be an awesome gift? Man now I want to get that for someone else. Who likes tea?
Wuv you guys. Dreams come true. I'll return your email, I swear...