- Make a post. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple ("give a hug") 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, 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 blog, so that the holiday joy will spread.
- Surf around your friends 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.
1. Do something for someone without being asked... or better yet - without them knowing about it.
2. Clean out your old VHS collection and donate the tapes to a local nursing home (swiped from my friend Lisa - I think this is awesome!)
3. Donate blood or platelets if you can.
4. Clean out your clothes closet and give to your local thrift store - or to your local city school clothes program. If you don't have clothes to donate, please find a few canned goods in your pantry for someone less fortunate. And if you can't do either, you have my kindest thoughts and best wishes. I will donate in your stead.
5. Write a letter - an honest-to-goodness paper letter - to a family member or friend telling them why you love them. Mail it. Even if you live in the same house.
6. Hold the door for someone. Anyone. Everyone.
7. Check with your public school system. See what their donation needs are and see if you can meet any of them. They will be grateful.
8. Support the arts in your schools and communities. Go to concerts, get your children involved as active listeners and participants. Take a friend - an elderly neighbor, perhaps, who would enjoy getting out - and go enjoy some music, art or dance, whether that of kids, college students or adults.
9. Promise yourself to note in your friends blogs as often as possible in the coming year; notes mean so much, if only smilies.
10. If you really, really can't find something in the above list that hits your buttons (for shame!), here is my Amazon list. I know, I know... it's like... 15 pages long. I've been wishing for a really long time. LOL. I was brought up believing if you didn't aspire you couldn't achieve!