'Step One --
Make a post to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten 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 -- title -- 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... make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post... where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
Step Two --
Surf around... 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... 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 can't give anyone anything that costs money and unfortunately that includes stuff that needs to be shipped, but I can do arts stuff (and scan/whatever a high-res copy over, give people music (I have lots of music on my computer. Lots!), and, um... stuff like that?
...books. omg. I love books. I tend to like modern fantasy (think Kim Harrison, the older Anita Blake books, the Zodiac series, the series about the cool wizard dude named Harry or something... etc.) And anything (fiction or not) that deals with abuse issues. And... hm. I like a lot of different genres. Basically books are really awesome... any sort of gifts are cool!'
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I reposted her thoughts last April in our memorial journal. It's timely once again as Thanksgiving gets here two days from now, Christmas in less than a month, the first holy candle of Hanukkah / Chanoeka Sameach is lighted at sundown on December 6, Eid is approaching too.
Eight years has made no difference for JK Rowling / Harry Potter, if anything they are more popular than ever.
As I noted in April, it's not the point that she herself wanted to be an elf.
She wants you to.
Two of the many things that live on in the hearts of us who love her is her compassion and her generosity. Those are timeless and will remain that way.
Anne Frank (also pronounced in Europe as "Ann-A") once wrote, at about the same age as Ki, that no one is so poor that they cannot give someone a smile and a kind word, someone in need.
May the blessings of your holiday seasons fill you with joy and peace, as they wished and as we wish for one another.
Machaya Hamatim from Silver