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2012 Mailbox Now Open!

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:35 AM
2012 Mailbox Now Open!


EDIT: Less than a week left to send in those letters!  Get them in soon for your chance at free art!  And be careful to follow ALL instructions.  Also, don't forget to note us (with a separate note from your original request) if you change your username between now and the holidays!  Otherwise, we may be unable to deliver your gift!


That's right!  As some of you may have noticed... the Mailbox is NOW OPEN!  That means you can begin sending in your letters to Santa. :santa:  The mailbox will be continue to be open until Sunday, December 2nd at 8 p.m. EST (GMT/UTC -5).  Check the countdown clock on our homepage for how much time you have left!

As always, we may not get to all requests, but following these directions carefully will ensure your request is not automatically rejected!  Make sure your read through ALL of these guildelines as there are some differences from previous years.  Because of the volume of requests, you will not get an individual reply confirming acceptance of your letter.  You will just have to wait and see!

How to write your letter to Santa

Go to the Group's homepage and click "send a note" to the group.  Your letter will be this note, with the subject DEAR SANTA.  Here's a template that shows you an ideal letter:

Dear Santa,

I would like to have [a drawing of my character / a fanart of]  _________ [from the show __________].

Here are a few references to this character: [link][link][link] (insert two or three pictures that give us a reference of that character, i.e. a picture of what the character looks like).

(Optional choices:
P.S: I would like you to deliver this gift to my friend SomebodyElse for Christmas.
P.P.S.: I previously sent letters to Santa in 2008/2010/2011 and have not received a present yet.  These were my requests: [link][link][link].)

I understand you may not have time to grant my wish, but I want to thank you for reading my letter and thank the elves for their hard work!  

Love,
somebody



When writing your letters...


Please keep the following points as guidelines:

1. Your gift can be given to someone else. For example, I can use my slot in Santa's Workshop to surprise my best friend with a picture from an elf.

2. Every 'child' who writes a letter to Santa can only write ONE letter, including those who are requesting gifts for friends. This is unfortunate, but we must enforce this so everyone has a greater chance of having their wish granted.  If we find you trying to send multiple letters, Santa will be very disappointed. :stare:

3. When writing a letter to Santa, you MUST provide at least one picture OR a very detailed description for reference if you are requesting a picture of your original character.
:bulletwhite: If you are requesting a well known character such as Naruto, no reference is needed.
:bulletwhite: If you are asking for fanart, please tell us what show/game/book/comic this character is from, as it makes it much easier for the elves to find references in case they do not know which character you mean. For example: There are many Sakuras. Which Sakura do you want? Naruto? Cardcaptor Sakura? Please be specific!


4. Elves are limited, so depending on the volume of letters to Santa, not everyone will have their wish granted this year. But don't fear! Next year is another chance to get a gift from his hardworking little elves.
:bulletwhite: If you have sent letters in past years but have never received a gift, please include a link to your previous note(s) when you write to Santa.  You can find previous notes you have sent the group by going to the Send a Note page.  Click on your previous note, copy the html link, and paste that link in your letter.
:bulletwhite: Example: P.S. I previously sent a letter to Santa's Workshop in 2011 and did not receive a present.  This was my request: [link].
:bulletwhite: Please note this is ONLY if you've NEVER received anything.  If you have at least once received a gift, please sent your letter normally without the links.  We also can't promise you will get something this year, but we'll keep you in mind.


5. Any requests violating the deviantART Terms of Service will automatically be rejected. We cannot create art that cannot be posted. Therefore, you are not allowed to request any art that is pornographic, includes self mutilation, child abuse or any other images of that nature. If you are not sure which images break the rules of this site, feel free to check the Policies section of the FAQ under the "Unacceptable Content" header.

6. If you change your username after sending in a letter, we request that you note us with your old and new usernames.  This will make it easier for us to keep track of letters to Santa.  Otherwise, your present may be lost in delivery!

NOTE: We will accept requests for characters of ALL types, but please keep in mind there are fewer elves who are talented in areas such as animals, anthros, and fantasy creatures.  However, that does not mean it is impossible.  Single character requests are more likely to be fulfilled, so more people can get gifts.  Additionally, because this is an international group, please do not ask for traditional art to be mailed to you.  All art will be sent digitally.

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:icontyphloser:
Typhloser Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very cute idea guys. I'd love to try this if I could decide which of my friends to send it to! But alas I have too many that I'd love to send something like this to, so I'll just make gift art for them myself. ^^;

But still, this is an awesome idea and I hope it runs smoothly!
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rileylaurent Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
There's a few more hours. Just get them all to send a request. ;-)
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:icontyphloser:
Typhloser Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're all asleep by now ;A;
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:iconrazi123:
Razi123 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weeeeee! I sent one! ^_^
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope my request gets to Santa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >________________<
Wiiiiiiii I nevr have luck but I still have hope ;v;
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:iconalislinn:
Alislinn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
next year I want to become an elf!!!!!!!!!!!
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CuddleFish124 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In your letter can you ask for them to draw you more than one character? Like maybe a scene from something?
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
As mentioned in the journal, we encourage single character requests so they can be completed easier and allow others to get a chance to have their wishes fulfilled. However, we also don't ban requests for multiple characters.

In addition, you can give as detailed a description as you like, but keep in mind this may restrict the creativity of our wonderful elves. Typically, the shorter and simpler your request, the more freedom elves will have to work on it. =)
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CuddleFish124 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okiedokie thanks for the info! I'll try to send my Santa letter appropriately. Thanks so much in advance for putting this on!
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:icontbskullkeeper:
TBSkullKeeper Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, that's so adorable :3
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StephaniaArts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Just sent it in, hope it will be granted :D :hug: you guys do such a good job organizing this event
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KarkatInABucket Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wrote mine. :iconpervertcalplz:
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:iconmissgallifrey:
MissGallifrey Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I sent a letter when it was first opened and since then I've collected a couple of references to my request, but I'm not sure what I should do to send it to you guys considering I don't want to junk up the messages. What should I do?
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Hey there. I don't know if you've already sent a note, but you can just add a comment to your original note and comment to let us know about the updated info. If you already did it, don't worry about it, I'll find it. =)
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:iconmissgallifrey:
MissGallifrey Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, I added a comment to the original note. [:
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:iconmissgallifrey:
MissGallifrey Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Scratch that, I changed my username since then, I'll note you guys again with this username and add in the references.
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:iconthechocolatemarauder:
I just sent my letter out! I didn't get my gift last year, but hopefully I'll be luckier this year!
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:iconfuegokid:
fuegokid Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
<3 eee~
sent my letter~
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:iconadden:
Adden Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sent my letter to Santa! (: I love this event so much!
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Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aahhh amazing :la:
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sealandangel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
are we only limited to one character? ^_^ id like to know so i can write my letter thanks!
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rileylaurent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
As mentioned in the instructions, single character requests have a better chance of being fulfilled, as they're faster to do. We don't ban multiple characters, per se, since some characters may make the most sense together. Just keep in mind that we have a lot of requests to get through, so whatever makes it easier for the elves is more likely to be fulfilled. =)
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:iconsealandangel:
sealandangel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay thank you!
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
:thumbsup:
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:iconxskyetakashiax:
XSkyeTakashiaX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey i sent a message a day or so ago when the mailbox was open but i never saw this message so i couldn't add in the never recieving gift last year part, so i sent another message or edited it (can't really tell tbh) adding my old letter form last year in
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XSkyeTakashiaX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please forgive me for the inconvienence OTL
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Chanirra Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Written mine :D
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:iconzhusanna:
zhusanna Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This is so very generous of all the elves to give their time and effort for this project! :heart:

I sent my letter. :aww:
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:iconemberrise:
EmberRise Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
hey is it okay if I wrote the subject as "santa's workshop" XD instead of "dear santa"
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
We prefer people to title it that way, as it makes it easier to sort and search. But if you already sent a letter, don't resend. =)
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:iconfreakyzi:
FreakyZi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dummy: sent letter, I hope I get it right
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:iconnemo-tv-champion:
Nemo-TV-Champion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I sent my letter, hope I did it right! ;w; <3
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insanelyLazycat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: wrote one~!
hope i get luckeh~! :iconlazeflirtplz:
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bunnychii Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hoomgg //races to write a letter ; u ;
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