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a chance to spread the joy

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, that 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!



One Friend responded that same day with an offer of books and asked Ki for a shipping address.

A bit more than four months later when we were together, we went to check her campus mailbox, she'd gotten a paperback (which they'd stuffed into the box because all the boxes were very small) and I remember how eager she was, her face lighted up and she pounced on it and opened the envelope right then and there. It was Friday 11 April, in fact.

To give everyone a chance to be an elf. To help another's dream come true.

It's not the point that she wanted to expand the market for purebred Basset hounds.
It's not the point that she herself wanted to be an elf.
She wants you to.

Holiday or not.

Are you letting your calendar become the decision-maker as to when you open your heart, elf-wise?

Never saw that in Ki. Especially when it came to giving herself... giving herself in online counseling, or giving herself wholeheartedly to a writing or photography project for us to enjoy.

Timelessly. As she's doing right now.