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We her Friends and lovers were reading this, a year ago this morning:

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Step One
-Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered... whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain a list of your 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 _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new computer/car/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
-If you wish for real possible 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 LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

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....
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.

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{She went on to say:}

"I can't give anyone anything that cost money and unfortunately that includes stuff that needs to be shipped, but I can do arts stuff (and scan/whatever a hi-res copy over), give people music (I have lots of music on my computer. Lots!), and um... stuff like that?

1. 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.

2. I actually can't think of any other wishes aside from stuff I wouldn't feel comfortable accepting (huge gifts like a new laptop, speakers, and stuff like money or food or drugs XD). But any sort of gifts are cool!"

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She sent her address links under filters. And in real life, it wasn't "public" for very long [if ever], she locked this after the holidays at the latest.

I'm not.

Time to break locks.

For one thing, there are many more needs and elves out there still.

'Holiday elf', yay. 'Spread the joy', indeed :D

More than ever, these days.

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The last day we were together, we walked over to Commons to check her mailbox [this was four+ months after that post] and there was a small paperback stuffed into it, inside a somewhat USPS-beaten-up-ratty mailer: she eagerly pounced on it and thrust it into her pack. The College had built her single bookshelf up high across one end of her room and she had to stand on the bed to reach it, it was packed.

I'm doing IM's lately and in one of them we talk about how big her heart was. And, is. IM's are only one of her gifts to me.

And on 2007-11-24, here was only one small example of many.

And she has never stopped giving at all. As many of us deeply know.

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silverplate88
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I hadn't gotten there yet, but it makes me smile to watch her typing away furiously on this <3 [and later by webcam..]

I think she'd speed-read all of them by then, except the newest one :P
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