I saw this on gamerchick's journal and really liked the idea.
* Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. 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 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 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 fics or icons), 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.
* 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.
If I see this work, I think it'll make my year. This isn't asking you to make any huge personal sacrifice - it's passing on what you don't neccesarily need to someone, and perhaps making their life that much brighter.
The short version: help make other people's wishes come true, if you feel like it, and share yours with the people you love.
Here's my list! I'm leaving off the intangibles that I don't think anyone but me can give me, like the whole inner peace thing, and the things that I suspect I'm already getting somewhere, like a Nintendo DS from the game lab . . . .
1. Help with finishing one or more of the writing projects I've had on my plate for the last few months. This can mean anything from helping me pick one to focus on, to encouraging me to do my own WriMo in January.
2. Mix CDs and other new music. It's not that I'm bored with what I have, it's that I tend to listen to the same subset of it all the time. I particularly like "world" music, especially bhangra, and would like to get back into listening to modern rock.
3. Anything from my wish list. Because I like the books. And the games.
4. Advice about how to set up my bedroom. I've been in this apartment for a year and it's the only space that still looks like I just moved in.
5. A highly lucrative yet satisfying summer job, so that I can add to my pathetic graduate student income.
6. A nose stud, and someone to hold my hand during the piercing. (And someone else to keep maastrictian from going apeshit!)
7. A really comfortable, ergonomic desk chair that doesn't make my back hurt when I work at home.
8. More opportunities to wear the Corset of Doom (tm).
9. Bookshelves that go up to the ceiling in my living room, because I'm running out of room to keep my wonderful, delicious books.
10. Someone to join me in volunteering for women's rights, education, or hunger relief.
There. Now go and post your lists, people, because otherwise how will I know how to surprise you with glorious glee? :)