Make a post (public, friends only, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain a list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and internets-related ("I'd love a such-and-such icon that's made 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 icons or whatnot), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where a "holiday elf" 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 friends list (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.
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 fairy--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.
1. For the people I love and know to "Pay it Forward" Go out of your way to do something for someone that is within your power and control. If someone asks why you would do such a great deed, answer with "pay it forward". To pass it on... You can do this for as many people as possible.
2. If you see someone cold and hungry with no place to live, purchase them something warm to eat. It doesnt cost much to get something from the dollar menu to hand to someone who is starving. If you have an extra coat at home that you don't wear, feel free to give it to someone who could use it.
3. I wish for people to stop and take a breather for a moment and realize what they hold in their lives. Not to focus on what they don't have, but to see what they DO have. Cherish this, know that any of us could lose it in a heart-beat and to be thankful for the home we live in, the food we have to eat and the loved ones we are surrounded by. One thing that bothers me about Christmas is that society tries to drum it into our minds that Christmas is about buying gifts, just so that they may make a profit. I know thats how the world goes around, but I really don't care for it too much. Sure I like to buy gifts for others and especially my two year old, but thats not really what the season is all about. I would rather give something that already means something to me, or make something from the heart. I know this type of ideal should be focused on year round, but for some reason it tends to grab peoples attention better around this time. Whatever works!
4. If you know someone who is alone for the holidays, invite them to spend the holidays with your family.
5. If you are aware that someone doesnt have much to eat, make them a dinner and bring it over to them. Make it a weekly ordeal that they have dinner at your house. It's a good way to get to know someone and make a new friend. Be kind.
6. If you see someone in public who is being hateful to their child or being rude on the phone, or you can just tell they are having a bad day and are in a negative mood...smile at them, give them a compliment and be gracious. You would be surprised how a good vibe can rub off on someone just as strong as a bad one. Lets try to prevent the negative moods from spreading by stopping them with the good ones!
7. Take the time to let the people you love know how much they mean to you. The holidays are harder for some of us than others. Write a note, make a phone call, or make an unexpected visit to someone. Show them how much you care. You can make a difference in peoples lives.
8. Gather up things you don't use anymore and donate them. Donate them to churches, the Salvation Army, or if you know someone who could use them, go for it. Churches really know of families who are in need and will make sure that those families see your donations. As a kid I wouldnt have had Christmas a few times if it had not been for the kind hearts of others donating to churches for that purpose. Blue Santa works the same way. When I was about five or six after my parents had divorced we didn't have money for xmas, we barely had a place to live, but I remember going down to the police station and sitting on Santas lap and him handing me a little doll with a carriage. I was elated, I will never forget it! It made my Christmas, I cherished that doll and took it everywhere with me that I went. I still have that doll to this day and I remember how good it felt as a child to receive it! It's hard for a lot of people around the holidays to have extra money for kids after paying the rent, and bills and to make sure that there is food on the table. As parents we make the choices of having those things to provide for our children rather than to have gifts for them. It is heartbreaking at times, because we all know how special the holidays were as children, but we have to do what we have to do sometimes. Thats what makes donations like this so special. Thats why is is also good to instill the values in our children to let them know what the true spirit of the season is about, not just the material gifts, but the gifts of kindness and love.
9. I wish that others would not try to judge others. I know this is a very hard thing to ask, but there is no point in doing so. Try to be understanding and put yourself in others places. Think about the choice you would make and try to understand the reasoning behind the choice that someone else might make. We all have a chance to live this life and we all equally have the right to make the choices we make. We all need to learn by trial and error to make our way, its the best way to learn from a mistake. So I say lets not judge others for merely trying to find their way. Don't judge others by their appearance, but love them for their heart and the good they wish to bring to others including yourself.
10. My final Christmas wish is that we try to apply these things into every single day, all year round. I know there is so much that I want to do, and that I try to do to make this world a little more comfortable to live in. I know the world will never be perfect, but there has to be somewhere to start right? It's much easier to smile than frown and what could be so wrong with helping others? Sometimes when we are down and out it is too hard to ask for help, that is why it is so important to reach out a hand, just because. Just knowing that I helped someones life become a little easier makes me feel like I can make a difference. That is all I need, just to see someone smile and forget about the heartache for a little while. Just knowing that I can help.
I hope I didn't offend anyone with my wish list, these are just things that I would like for Christmas, from the bottom of my heart.