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Errr, no idea if this is in the right category or not... ^^;

EDIT: Please do not ask me to draw you character in this - that's not how this works. :p

EDIT 2: The numbers are mixed up because most, if not ALL, advent calendars are like that. :p

EDIT 3: There are 25 doors because we celebrate Christmas on the 25th here in the UK. December 24th is Christmas Eve for us. :p

EDIT 4: Fullsizes are here! Will be uploaded every weekend. :meow:


EDIT 5: Since it's not obvious to everyone which gender each character is, I've taken the liberty of adding a (M) for MALE and (F) for FEMALE next to each number. ;) Hopefully there won't be any more confusion!

EDIT 6: I'm behind with this because a) I've been busy IRL b) dA is being retarded and c) IT'S CHRISTMAS! :XD:

EDIT 7: Final admitted defeat when it comes to answering comments. :surrender: There are just too many of them! Thank you all wholeheartedly for your support throughout this, it's been a joy to read all of your wonderful comments. :heart:



*FULLVIEW HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*

Not sure what an Advent Calendar is? Here, let Wiki explain it better than I can: Sorry, there is no candy behind my doors! :XD:

Okay, after several days of hard work, THIS is my Christmas gift to my friends on dA this year!! :dance: :la: :santa: :glomp: It's different to what I normally do, but I needed a challenge, and HOMG this was it. :faint: I'm still working on it, actually! 24 horses (including one big pic for the 25th), the stable doors, the swags, the layout... Photoshop does not love me anymore! :giggle: I hope you guys like it, I made it with love. :heart:

Each day (around 7pm my time) I will open a new door to reveal a new character, so the Advent Calendar will appear EVERY DAY for the next month in your inbox! If you want to ignore it, I won't take offense. :p (If you wanna come back to it on the 25th Dec, you will see all stable doors open and see all the different characters in all their festive glory! :giggle:) But I thought it would be a fun way to count us down to Christmas - I can't believe how fast the time has gone... :O

Please enjoy, and thank you all for looking!!! :hug:

I WILL reply to all comments - I'm determined not to fall behind again! :dummy:

1. (M) RhYthm saying hello to a robin friend! :la: Merry Christmas, Melody. :hug: RhYthm © *PearlyPony

2. (F) The beautiful Libertad wearing a beautiful Christmas Poinsettia! :aww: Merry Christmas, Rosa. :hug: Libertad © =leadmare

3. (M) Terence drooling over a basket of yummy Christmas cookies! :drool: Merry Christmas, Mel. :hug: Terence © *unicorn-skydancer08

4. (F) The lovely Evania nomming on a candy cane! :chew: Merry Christmas, Em. :hug: Evania © *SkyeFlite

5. (F) Metro keeping her neck warm with her long hair! :dance: Merry Christmas, Karzi. :hug: Metro © ~karzi01

6. (M) Derecho on the receiving end of a snowball! Glad he finds it funny... :lmao: Merry Christmas, Zac. :hug: Derecho © *Horsesnhurricanes

7. (F) Flight Angel dressed as a beautiful Christmas Angel! :floating: Merry Christmas, Sarah. Flight Angel © *Crazysparkles06

8. (F) Karthala's mouth is watering - I think she wants a bite out of that Christmas Pudding! :giggle: Merry Christmas, Monika. Karthala © *Aomori

9. (M) Oops, looks like Dilkara would rather have the lights on his horn than on the tree! :meow: Merry Christmas, Whirl. :hug: Dilkara © *whirl-wind

10. (F) Travieso looking very pretty with a stig of holly in her hair! :holly: Merry Christmas, Dana. :hug: Travieso © *Equinus

11. (M) The handsome Frog wearing a Santa hat. :santa: Need I say more? :la: Merry Christmas, Kel. :hug: Frog © =Plaguedog

12. (F) It's Sydelle, with lots of pretty bows in her hair! :aww: Merry Christmas, Sara. :hug: Sydelle © =Jullelin

13. (M) Looks like Trevalyn has another pretty adornment hanging from his horn! :giggle: Merry Christmas, Anna. :hug: Trevalyn © *Failed-romance-x

14. (F) Tut, tut! Naughty Adelais just couldn't wait until Christmas Day to open her present! :eager: Merry Christmas, Liz. :hug: Adelais © =silverglass19

15. (M) Hehe, seems as though Apache wants to be one of Santa's Little Helpers! :dummy: Merry Christmas, Nicola. :hug: Apache © *Ilyana88

16. (M) Time to pucker up! Lyo has the misteltoe ready, but who's the lucky mare? :kiss: Merry Christmas, Cursey. :hug: Lyo © *abosz007

17. (F) And the lucky mare is Destiny! :flirty: Hehe, she's looking lovely with her Christmas coat on - who could resist? Merry Christmas, Alice. :hug: Destiny © =Wild-Hearts

18. (F) It's Elza, looking festive with a Christmas wreath around her neck! :holly: Merry Christmas, Becca. :hug: Elza © *eldery

19. (F) A Christmas candle brings some peace and warmth to Avri this year. :aww: Merry Christmas, Twi. :hug: Avri © =Twilight-Veil

20. (F) Uh-oh! Looks like Katana is going to eat Santa's cookies and milk before he does! :paranoid: Merry Christmas, Meelz. :hug: Katana © =Meelz
21. (F) Haha, Delirium is ready to get the party started! :party: Merry Christmas, Cricky. :hug: Delirium © =CricketWings

22. (M) Jan is trying to catch a few snowflakes on his tongue! :snowflake: Merry Christmas, Jan. :hug: Jan © *Janaita

23. (M) Dar is all dressed up in tinsel, ready for Christmas! :giggle: Merry Christmas, Kate. :hug: Darkfleck © =daughterofthestars

24. (F) The Christmas dove of Peace is bringing a gift to Jewel! :aww: Merry Christmas, Jules. Love ya! :hug: Jewel © =TsukiJewels

25. Brooke, Pierce and Aerynne would like to wish you ALL a wonderful, healthy and happy Christmas, and an equally fantastic New Year!! :la: Merry Christmas, everyone!!! :glomp: :heart: Characters © *boribaby


OMFG IT'S FINALLY FINISHED. :faint:

Credits</u>

Photoshop CS2 & Wacom Intuos3 tablet
Stable doors, hinges and swags referenced from images on Google
Some horses referenced from various stock photos on dA and Mark J. Barret's site
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:iconthevoeranger:
TheVoeranger Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, nicely done! :D really nice and traditional, yet still creative ^^ you have MANY MANY MUCH characters alright O_O are they all yours? They look wonderful :) well done!
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horsesRcool22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! You did an awesome job!
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sugar-candy-kitty Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Beautiful job! Theyre all gorgeous <3 sadlyy im allergic to horses.
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is...EPIC! You just know there was some fantastic party going on in that barn!
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SimplyCrisis Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Nice calendar.
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BFire92 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, 25 openings! America is one stange place.

In Scandinavia, we celebrate christmas Eve, on the 24. The 25'th is just a free-day. But we have Little Christmas Eve on the 23, when we decorate the tree. And we celebrate the 13'th- Santa Lucia day, which is kind of strange since all the Scandinavian countries are protestintic O.o When we eat Lussikatter- buns whith safran. And on the 12 everyone celebrate my birthday ^^
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Meeba10 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
W O W. Do u know what? I'm so jealous that i want right now be you.
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DappledShadow Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
i love this! i can't explain why it makes me giggle to myself! it is truly wonderful how you are this talented! :+fav:
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Adaii Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
So, so, so beautiful. An absolutely inspiring thing. ;)
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louli9559 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Filmographer
holy jazz, thats a lot of horses.
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karzi01 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
omfg. i am so so so so so so soooo sorry i never commented on this babe D: i have been so short on time.. and i feel terrible about it.

let me start by saying. YOU. ARE. A. GODDESS.

you made all of the characters look absolutely phenominal, and metro... gawd you just captured her personality so well.. even through a headshot!!! i love how she has her hair tied around her neck, that is such a creative idea, and so cute! and her mouth bein open in that adorkable smile is just preeecious. i love how you colored her eyes.. i know that a kind of random thing to point out, but i adore how you draw eyes (and color) on horses :heart: you got her markings and colors spot on... i dont think ive ever seen anyone do such a miraculous job... im completely blown away. when i saw this in my inbox for the first time i literally hit the floor. and i was running around squealing (wierd.. i know.. but true ;P ) it was suuuch a neat surprise and i feel so honored to be a part of this. this was a wonderful idea bori, and i know its 2 months late... but thank you sooo very much for including me in this gorgeous gift. its amazing. :love::heart::love::heart:
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KiaraFireGirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
This is the best idea.Ever.Good job!
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Fiverart Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
This is loovely Bori! The end result looks absolutely fantastic! :love:
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Leedlpuff Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Beautiful!
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
This is one of the best ideas yet, Michelle.

I am absoultely loving this right now! They all look amazing and so festive! Merry Christmas and a happy new year! :hug: :glomp:
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UmaraeValarieus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
this is awesome. 21 is my favorite ^^
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Muircat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009   General Artist
I know this is a very late comment, but I have to say that I really like the calender. I really really like it how you did the very end on the 25th were there were three of your horse characters! :D
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Sprey-5 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
aww! This is just so cute! :meow: I love 16 and 17, they're so cute :hug: :+fav:
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Celvaya Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this turned out wonderful!! :love: You've been quite busy these past weeks :o Great work!! :clap:
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ShannonValentine Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
Bravo! :clap: I applaud your dedication, hard work and skill on getting this complete. It's truly wonderful!
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Pisps Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
I love 24! The birdie there is REALLY realistic and Jewel looks happy :aww:
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Opheleus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Student Digital Artist
door 22 is the best x3
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SunshineAngel21 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! It's beautiful!
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speckawolf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
It's really beautiful Michelle ") I love all the characters you drew ")

Aerynne is beautiful, by the way!
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kokamo77 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Awww! :meow: I really shouldn't have waited so long to comment on the finished piece! :clap: OMG! :excited: You did an amazing job on this! :blowkiss: :aww: You picked such cute characters to draw for your buddies! Aww! I love how each one has tinsel in the back of their stall! :dance: You came up with such cute ideas for each one! Snowflakes, candy, wreaths....I would run out of themes for each! :chew: I love how they all have the most adorable expressions and personalities! :dummy: :la: Wonderful job! :huggle: Well done! And Merry Christmas (late)!!! :tighthug:
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MorganBanner Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Three letters, OMG. You did a fantastic job!
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   Digital Artist
I didn't get to comment for the past few updates T_T I wish I had the option to favorite this 25 times <3333 I just love it!
The last door is my favorite! <3 Brooke, Pierce, and Aerynne are fabulous! <333 My favorite characters for sure!

This was wonderful Michelle! I loved checking it everyday!
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girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:

This really turned out fantastic!
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littleitchysister Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh! This is so gorgeous finished! :wow: Fabulous idea, Michelle! Very clever indeed. :nod:
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GodivaGoddess33 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Ah! I'm so excited to see it completed! I think 22 is my favorite.

Nice work! And Merry Belated Christmas!
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've really loved seeing this project! :love:

My favourites are 2, 10, 19, 20, 22 and 24! :love::heart::love:
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Meelz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Congratulations to you on a job well done! :omfg: Almost an entire month of being online every day, right on time and uploading and renewing this piece - whoaaaaa :faint:

I think we all need to take a step back and not only really appreciate the art, but you as a person have done this. This's been your baby for the last month (or more! :omg:) and you've put your outside, offline self on hold for HOURS per day to make sure it's been completed.

I say it sincerely; congratulations Michelle! A beautiful pieve from a fantastic person! :#1:
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Emm-Lady Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
oooohhh.... woow.. :O this is wonderful!!! i love love love this!!!! ^^
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Dragon-lover15 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
looks awesome!
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Rammy-fox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
coooooooooolz!!!! X3
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SweetAsSunday Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
I love Brooke's bell necklace. :)) And, Aerynne's facial expression is just beautiful <3 I just adore this whole peice.
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ToraNoKo123 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
It turned out beautiful! You did a wonderful job and it must have taken TONS of work. Loved it! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years to you!
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whiteknight2009 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student
really awesome idea~i love it
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Love4Equines Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Such a wonderfull gesture to some wonderfull artists. Awesome job Bori!!! :glomp: Absolute :+fav: !
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love this, and it look like you put a lot of work and effort into it. The appreciation is very well deserved and the outcome is very beautiful and full of Christmas spirit:D
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Murasaki99 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
It turned out lovely, well done! :holly:
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MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooh Bori, its so lovely!! Thank you so much for this, i love it so much! :huggle: A very merry christmas to you, even if its late ;)
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freedomheart Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awww all open :dummy:
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xXNikleXx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Totally amazing! I couldn't wait to see this wonderful advent calendar finished! You had brilliant idea ;D *claps*
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yakatchi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Great work.
Yaaay I've waited till this moment to fave this piece of art XD

Really like it! :+fav:
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AtemusKitten Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
the whole finished thing is just incredible! you did a great job and put a lot of hard work into it :D its beautiful

i hope you had a merry christmas :)
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HaliteAnn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this was really amazing! I can't even imagine how much time and effort you put into this. It was a pleasure watching the new characters added each day. Good job, Bori!!! :love::hug::glomp:
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xlostxinxdreamsx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! This is a great art piece ^^
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zapxfire1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing:love:
this must have been very time consuming though :p
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
WEEE! They're finally all open :D And that looks like the same pic on the card you sent ^_^ Wahoo!
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