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Sign-ups for the 2016 Dean/Cas Secret Santa close today at 11:59 p.m. EST!

Please take a minute to read the rules and then Sign Up! Direct any questions you have about the exchange, the sign-up process, the deadlines here.

One Week Warning for Sign-ups!

Still thinking about signing up for the Dean/Cas Secret Santa Gift Exchange? It's not too late!

Please take a minute to read the rules and then Sign Up! Direct any questions you have about the exchange, the sign-up process, the deadlines here.

The sign-up deadline is Monday, November 14th 11:59 p.m. EST. We look forward to all the amazing gifts!

Dean/Cas Secret Santa Exchange 2016

We're pleased to welcome you once again to the Dean/Castiel Secret Santa Sign-Ups. Once again we are opening sign-ups a little later this year, it is going to be a Winter Hiatus exchange, with the fic posting happening in January.

Why should you join? Simple! What better way to ring in the new year than with the gift of love, specifically Dean/Castiel love? We're here to offer you the chance to make another fan's day a little brighter by sharing your talent. The added bonus is you receive your very own present in return. Sound awesome?

A little info

Sign-ups will be accepted between October 17th and November 14th, 2016. After that date, sign-ups will be closed. The gift assignments will then be sent out between November 16th and 18th, 2016.

Completed gifts will be due no later than January 4th. Please, refer to the Submission Guidelines and Templates post to learn how best to get your gift to the mods.

Once the mods receive all participant gift submissions, posting begins. Each work will be posted anonymously by the mods between January 9th and January 19th with the grand Santa unmasking set to occur on January 31st.

If you have questions about other aspects of the exchange, please, visit the F.A.Q. Thorough though we may be, no one is perfect. Your question may not be answered in any of the admin posts. Please comment on the F.A.Q. post with any additional inquiries.


So, you want to participate in the yuletide Dean/Castiel extravaganza? Fantastic! Please, take a minute to read the rules and then Sign Up! Direct any questions you have about the exchange, the sign-up process, the deadlines here.

Before you sign up, please take some time to carefully read the sign-up instructions. We want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone and will do our best to make certain each person receives a prompt they can at least wrap their head around. By providing likes/dislikes in addition to prompts you can give your Santa a general sense of what your tastes are if they aren't able to work with the provided prompts. If you don't have an AO3 account and need an invite, please feel free to email the mods at deancas.xmasmod at gmail dot com. Please read this entry for some information about why we are using Archive of Our Own for the exchange.

Pinch Hitters

Pinch Hitters are the lovely folks we turn to if someone is unable to complete their assignment within the allotted time. The mods love pinch hitters. To sign up, please fill out the form here. Thank you so much for volunteering.

Alternative Social Media

This year we will be continuing to update our other websites with challenge updates. That way you won't have to rely on checking LiveJournal or the SPN Newsletter to pick up stories.

Twitter: @DCSSMod
Tumblr: DeanCasXmas

Sign-ups Open Tomorrow!

Sign-ups will be open between October 17th and November 14th!

Yes, the Dean/Cas Secret Santa Exchange will be happening this year! We will be continuing to use the Winter Hiatus/New Year's theme with assignments due January 4th and posting happening in January. Reveals will again be on January 31st.

Please spread the word!


All names have been revealed at AO3 and via this masterlist, but we will also be editing names into the individual posts throughout the week. Though we have checked over this post, mistakes always pop up, so if you see anything amiss feel free to leave a comment or send us an e-mail to let us know.

Once again, thanks so much to everyone who participated! We were very happy with the amazing turnout! Please feel free to now post your fic/art anywhere you like and respond to comments! And a very special thank you to our amazing pinch hitters who came through for us at the last minute!

See you next year!

Your mods,
cienna, jayi, and firefly124

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[ART] Cold/Warm for all our pinch-hitters

Gift type: Fanart
Title: Cold/Warm
Artist: Nonexistenz
Recipient: To all our lovely Pinch-Hitters!
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Standing there with Dean in his arms, being held in return, he felt so warm, he didn't even notice the cold weather anymore.
Artist notes: A little (maybe pseudo) thank you to our wonderful Pinch-Hitters! You guys are so awesome!

Gift type: Fanfic
Title: …and all the men and women merely players.
Author: Secret Santa
Recipient: deanicanfixthat
Rating: Mature
Warnings: none as such, but please read the chapter warnings
Spoilers: none
Word Count: 8,000
Summary: Less acting and assuming and more talking would do a lot of people a lot of good, Dean and Castiel included.
Author notes: This was one wild ride! I was last-minute-pinch-hitting, and I'm afraid large parts are not beta'd yet. Buckets and buckets of gratitude to my beta who agreed to help anyway - corrections will be updated asap, and the last chapters will be up soon as well. Choosing tags and warnings was very difficult for this story, but I tried to be as accurate as I could without giving anything away. It will look very dark and desperate, but I tagged for a happy end and that's what's gonna happen. Please make sure you read the chapter warnings! There is more information in the end notes if you need to know more about what’s happening. To my giftee: One of your prompts played into one of my favourite settings, and then the story kind of ran away with me :) I really hope you like it and that I got your prompt, likes and dislikes right! :)

…and all the men and women merely players.
Gift type: Fanfic
Title: the fruit of a righteous man
Author: Secret Santa
Recipient: Nonexistenz
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: Vague up to and including s10
Word Count: 4800
Summary: The moment Dean started fantasising about Castiel’s herb garden probably should have been his first clue it was going to bite them in the ass.
Author notes: Happy new year, Nonexistenz. I hope this fills your craving for Heaven repopulation time. :)

the fruit of a righteous man

[FIC] Bad Day Blues for kuwlshadow

Gift type: Fic
Title: Bad Day Blues
Author: Secret Santa
Recipient: kuwlshadow
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence
Spoilers: Extremely mild spoilers for season 11
Word Count: 3690
Summary: Dean's day could be going better.
Author notes: Takes place during Season 11 but may not be completely accurate since I'm not up to date. Sorry for any inconsistencies! I hope you enjoy and have a very Happy New Year!

Bad Day Blues
Gift type: Fanfic
Title: One of the Family Now
Author: Secret Santa
Recipient: Moonlight_Knight
Rating: T
Warnings: fluff, schmoop, humour, misunderstandings, Christmas, happy fic, family, domestic
Spoilers: none
Word Count: 2200
Summary: Something based off this prompt by oops-i-accidentally-destiel (http://oops-i-accidentally-destiel.tumblr.com/post/130916608850/im-really-tired-of-the-everyone-knew-before-they) : "AU fic where Dean announces after Christmas dinner back home surrounded by his family that he and Cas are engaged and everyone stops talking and stares until Sam breaks the silence with an awkward, “don’t you think you should try dating first? What if you and Cas don’t get along like that?” Dean gapes at each of his family members in turn because what. the. fuck???? “Cas and I have been dating for 5 years.” Jess thinks it’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened and she falls out of her chair laughing at everyone’s shocked faces because literally no one knew. FOR FIVE YEARS! “Jesus Christ we live together!” “We thought he was your roommate, sweetie…”
Author notes: this was such a gorgeous prompt. I hope you enjoy.
A big thank you to my beta, for the amazingly fast turn around!

One of the Family Now