Holiday Wishes, 2016-2017 Holiday Season!

holiday_wishes is officially open! Time to break out the wishes, gifts, Holiday spirit and good cheer!

The spirit of the Holiday Wishes meme is for everyone to put their hearts' desires out there, to wish for anything they could possibly want, no strings attached. The history of how it all started can be read here.

Since we are collecting all of these lists in a single forum, we do want to keep things as fair to everyone as possible. For that, we ask that you follow a few simple rules.  These are outlined below, but you can find the complete and detailed rules and posting guidelines on the community wiki.  Everyone who posts their wish list to this community is responsible for following these rules, as well as any updates given in mod posts.

Please note that, with the exception of mod posts, only wishlists are allowed to be posted in this community.  To thank another member for a gift, we recommend that you post in the holiday_thanks community.

When you post a wishlist, we ask...

  • That you post your wishlist once, and only once. Posting your wishlist twice may result in both wishlists being deleted.

  • That you keep your lists limited to no more than 10 wishes.

  • That you do not modify your wishlist once it's been posted.  You may not add or change items as wishes are granted.  Also, because people often use the number of comments a wishlist has received as an indicator of the amount of attention that list has been given, do not delete or screen comments containing offers of items.

  • That you wish for no more than one external wishlist (i.e. Amazon) and no more than 3 types of giftcards.

  • That you do not include a PayPal button or solicit general PayPal donations.  Asking for financial assistance for a specific reason (e.g. buying school textbook) is fine, but share your PayPal email address only.

  • That you tag your wishlist, at minimum, with your country or continent, and preferably with the types of items that you're wishing for.

  • That you do not change the default font size or color, and do not post images over 400 pixels.

  • That you do not use a cut-tag unless your wishlist is unusually long or has images.  (This sounds strange, but cut-tags make it harder for wish-givers to browse the lists!)

  • That for your safety, you do not post a home mailing address.  Although we will allow adults to include their home address if they choose to, we encourage you to use a P.O. Box address or to leave your e-mail address and only provide a mailing address upon request via private email to those you are comfortable giving it to.

  • That you do not solicit in comments for your own wishlist.  Do not comment on someone's wishlist with a link to your own list or otherwise solicit traffic to your own wishlist, unless the original poster has explicitly asked for a link to your wishlist.

When you want to grant a wish, we ask...

  • That you bookmark the wishlist of the person who's wish you're granting. That way you won't forget who wanted the last Coldplay CD, or who asked for the Battlestar Galactica icons.

  • That, when mailing something through the postal service, you include some sort of identifying information with your package or card (LJ username or e-mail address) so the recipient can thank you (unless you're trying to remain anonymous). Also, be sure to use proper packaging and check local regulations for items that may not be sent through the mail.

  • That you don't ask for anything in return.  This is not a gift exchange community; if you send someone a gift, they are not obligated to send one back. Also, note that no money is to be exchanged in connection with items distributed through this community. If you are selling something, please use another site.

When you receive a gift, we ask...

  • That you thank the person who gave it to you directly (via e-mail or commenting on their wishlist, or their journal), and if you wish (or if the gift was anonymous) thank them publicly on holiday_thanks (but please remember that not everyone watches that community, so the person who sent you the gift might not receive the Thank You.)

  • That you consider granting a wish in return and spread the love!

And finally, if a moderator asks you to edit your post, please listen to them. We are doing our best to keep this community fair and fun for everyone. Unfortunately, in a community of this size, this means we need to enforce our rules pretty strictly. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any problems, would like to report a problem with another community member, see a rules violation on a wishlist (i.e. someone who edited their post to include more than 10 items, or 2 wishlists that appear to be posted by the same person), please use the links on the right side of this community or contact a moderator through a mod post.  Please do not contact moderators on their personal LiveJournal accounts.

Your moderators,

bookaddict88, outoftime, kindergoth
Re: im hoping for happiness and love this christmas...
Hi! Please post your list as a new post, and not as a comment on this post. I'm screening your comments here.
Just wanted to post and say I had to make a small edit to my wishlist...

I forgot to remove the handy-dandy "update" link I put at the top (I always forget the address and keep it as part of the post until it's 100% ready to post here) only I forgot to remove the link before posting *d'oh*

The wishlist itself was never touched or edited in any way, all I did was take out the link.

Thank you.
Thanks for the heads up! You're free to edit your post, as long as you're not editing actual wishes.
Hello mods :)
Just wanted to say: great job on streamlining the tags!

Re: Hello mods :)
We try to clear out the tags every year, to make wishlists easier to find! This year, kindergoth gets all the credit for the work. :)
Not sure if I submitted my list twice, internet connection conked out just as I hit "send". Apologies if there was double trouble!
No idea if you did, either (not a mod) but had to drop some icon love your way. Live Long, and Party On!
Dear mods,

Is it permitted to edit my wishlist as follows:

I had, as one of my items, "please consider sending something to person X; they haven't posted their wishlist here yet this year, but I hope they will".

Person X has now posted their wishlist; can I add an "Edit" to that item, with a link to their wishlist?

I don't see it in the queue. If you didn't get a rejection from another mod, it probably didn't go through. Try again?
How does one check if their wishlist is in the queue? Just ask one of the mods? Because I don't see mine and I submitted it yesterday.
Posting here is a great way to ask! It was in the queue, and should be posted now.

For anyone else who sees this comment: In general, give us at least 24 hours to look over your wishlist, and if you don't see it go through, feel free to poke us to see if your list is still in the queue or if it didn't go through. We try to stay on top of checking the queue, but sometimes we get busy and just assume other mods are handling it (which might not be true if the others are also busy).
Hello lovely mods!

I am SO sorry for my idiocy, but I've accidentally posted something that was supposed to be posted to holiday-thanks. Please delete!

Thanks so much for all your hard work! :)
Thank you and question
Dear mods,

Thanks again for organizing this! This has been my second year participating fully, and I've enjoyed it immensely :)

You've probably already seen recent LJ info, but in case if not, I thought I'd show you the links:

So, in view of the above, I wanted to mention the idea--for your consideration--of possibly backing up the comm to Dreamwidth at some point...

Best wishes,

Re: Thank you and question
Thanks for this! I was vaguely aware of this, but hadn't realized that communities could be backed up to Dreamwidth.

"holiday_wishes" has already been taken as a username, but I've just created a "holidaywishes" community and have requested an import of old posts/tags/etc. I've also created and requested an import for "holiday_thanks". We won't officially move unless something happens to the LiveJournal community, but it's good to have a back up just in case.
Re: Thank you and question
Anytime! I agree with you, I wouldn't necessarily advocate a full-scale move, but it's good to have a backup. I'd been backing up my LJ to DW for quite a while now.

Thanks for backing up the comms! I hope nothing does happen to LJ, and we'll all meet here again next November, but it is best to be prepared...I like the way Zig Ziglar put it, "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes".

Thanks again and best wishes,