Many years ago, back in the LiveJournal days we started off a little tradition of our own in regard to Christmas gifts. I haven’t done it in a while, but I was reminded of it this year in a conversation between an old friend and a new one. I remembered it and it made me smile, so I thought I’d bring it back.
Think of it as a sort of Secret Santa (only sometimes not so secret) for people who you know so much about but may not know their address or any other “real lfe” thing about them. Of course, the medium has changed somewhat over the last few years so the guidelines have had to change slightly but the prinicpal remains the same.
I know that this year more than most our wallets have been hit hard. So everything on the list is something that will not cost you a penny, just some time and thought if you have those to spare. Those familiar with my old LJ know how this works, for those of you new to this tradition the guidelines are pasted below.
Please, feel free to post this to your own whatevers, it was always one of my favourite parts of the festive season. It’s always fun to see what it is people wish for and often surprising to find people willing to fulfill your wishes in return. Trust me. Spread the joy.
If you want to have a wishlist but don’t have somewhere to post this then please post your lists in the comments section and I will forward any answered wishes to you (unless I don’t know you in which case it might be a bit difficult but you can always e-mail me your contact details).
Anyway, without further ado…
Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered…whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LiveJournal/blog/MySpace/FB/wherever. 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 just_go_to 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 pics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your e-mail address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines. Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, 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.
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.
My Wish List
On a personal note, I’m not about to post my address on a place where I have no filters. So all of the items on the list are things that can be e-mailed to me at GemsCreamCracker@googlemail.com. I will of course wait until Christmas morning (i.e. one minute after midnight) to open any answered wishes. For some I’ve asked for an explanation, for others I haven’t. Please, if you want to tell me why then I’d love to hear your reasons. I know sometimes though it’s difficult to articulate why something’s your favourite, some things simply are.
Many of the items I’ve wished for could actually be physical things, I’m a very big fan of things that are handwritten. It’s a thing. I’d tell people to send things to the job but chances are it’d get logged and made into a case before I even saw it. Believe me, it happens. If you’re particularly ingenious you may find a way around this.
1. A movie.
Tell me the title in an e-mail. In a separate attachment tell me why you love it, I’ll read your reasons after I’ve seen the movie and we’ll see if we agree. Try not to pick something so obscure that I’m going to have trouble finding it.
2. A playlist.
Include songs that either:
a. You think I’d like
b. You really like
c. That remind you of me
d. That you think should remind me of you
e. All of the above
3. One (or more) of your favourite pictures (of anything) and the reason why they’re loved.
4. A four page letter. No more. No less.
5. A story.
6. Your favourite thing online.
Website, blog, YouTube video, tweet, web series. Absolutely anything.
7. Words that mean something to you and/or are your favourite.
Lyrics, a poem, a book, dialogue, a blog. It doesn’t have to have been written by you. If so inclined, tell me why.
8. Your favourite piece of music.
9. Your favourite recipe.
10. Something that will make me smile.