So I’m planning to host a Secret Santa this year. Would you be interested in joining? Anyone can join, but I’d love if you gave my gallery a look!
UPDATE: Here's a definition of what 'Secret Santa' is, taken from this journal cause it's explained beautifully there.
Secret Santa is a holiday activity during the Christmas season when a group of people exchange gifts, each person giving one gift to one other person in the group. However, each individual has no idea who they will recieve their gift from. They cannot alert the other person in any way who their Secret Santa is until the gift giving date.
How does it work on deviantART?
On deviantART, the idea is that the presents are pieces of art that you make for people - whether that's drawings, stories, things you've crafted... whatever.
You must have at least 2 deviations in your gallery
You don’t have to watch me, but I’d love if you gave my gallery a look!
You don’t have to make a journal advertising this event, but if you do it’s likely that we’ll get more attendees so I strongly recommend you do so.
Till the 30th of November, I will be accepting applications after which I will compile a list of suitable pairings and mail them out via note form by 2nd December latest. You should post your deviation and send it to your recipient between 25th December and 7th January (the twelve days of Christmas).
If there is any delay in getting your part done, please note me! If you are suddenly unable to complete your part, please inform me so I can assign a swing santa. Please be aware that if you are unable to complete your part (not a delay), you will not receive anything. All attendees who do not send in their part by the 7st of January will be subject to repercussions.
There will be no exchange of tangible material. I cannot ensure that you will be safe if you choose to give out your address, so I will delete any addresses which come my way.
Please include these points in your application for our knowledge:
Would you be okay with mature content?
Which media will you create your work in?
Which media would you like to be used for your work?
Are you willing to be a swing santa? (See below)
Here’s a few points to keep in mind when writing an application. The information will be sent to your santa, so include everything you’d like them to know about you in it. It’s best if you include the following:
What’s your age/ age range?
Ex: I’m a teenager
What gender do you identify as?
Ex: I’m male
What is your favorite color(s)?
Ex: I like the color pink, in pastel color schemes / I like jewel-like, royal colors like ruby red.
Are there any references which santa can use?
What would you like to see in the artwork?
Ex: I like the TV show Sherlock and am quite fond of the character Molly Hooper/ I really like animals, especially wolves.
In reference to what you like, what is something related that you wouldn’t want to see?
Ex: I don’t really like the character Sally Donovan / I don’t like reptiles or snakes.
What are your fandoms/favorite characters (if you’d like them drawn)?
If you want the santa to be able to draw you:
How do you look?
Ex: A description, or even better a photograph
What do you think are five items which represent you?
What are five items you would carry with you to a resort?
What kind of clothes do you normally wear?
Ex: I wear a black polo dress with pink accents and a pink bow to tie up my shoulder length, black hair into a pony tail. I usually apply natural makeup and nail paint.
If you’re a legal minor, please make sure to ask your parents if you can give out this information. You do not have to give out your age. You can request me to withhold your username from the santa until after they’ve made their part.
Important: We will be needing a few important people to ensure this event runs smoothly.
Swing Santa: Incase a participant cannot complete their part, we will need swing santas to create a piece of work and receive something in return. I hope we don’t reach this point, but it’ll be useful to have your involvement all the same! You can be a participant and be a swing santa too. If the need arises and you help is utilized, you will be featured.
Organisers: If you can help me with organizing and preparing the logistics for this event, (such as sending out notes, etc.) It’ll be a great help! Please note me. You will be featured.
Promotion: We need people who can spread the word for this event. This can be done by journals, making forums, posting comments where applicable and even adding this journal to groups. I will be willing to feature you if your work helps boost the audience!
I hope you guys are as excited for this as I am!