SOURCE: Smilebox Inc.

December 01, 2010 09:00 ET

Share the Magic of Christmas With Smilebox's Dear Santa Interactive Greeting

Smilebox's Innovative, New Design Offers a Special Way to Send a Christmas Wish List to Santa and Get a Personalized Message in Return

REDMOND, WA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - Smilebox Inc. ( today announced "Dear Santa," an interactive experience for both children and grown-ups that adds a fun and modern twist to a timeless holiday activity -- sending Santa a list of Christmas wishes. For the first time, a child's Christmas wishes to Santa can be sent in a video message or a photo inside a personalized, digital greeting from Smilebox.

After downloading the Smilebox "Dear Santa" design, parents can easily drag-and-drop a video clip of their child's special wish list or holiday photo into the holiday-themed template. Moms and dads can then choose to customize the video or photo greeting with their child's age, first name, and Christmas wishes, and send it to Smilebox will then send the holiday message directly to Santa! In response, children will receive a personalized email message from St. Nick the next day for a truly interactive and magical experience. The greeting can also be shared with friends and family who might want some hints for their holiday shopping lists.

"Writing a Christmas list to Santa is a tradition and Smilebox is putting a new spin on it. Our Dear Santa design makes for a fun and easy holiday activity for the entire family," said Tricia Montgomery, vice president of marketing for Smilebox. "Children will be excited to receive a personalized response from Santa himself and family members and friends will enjoy receiving a special Christmas list from their loved ones. Our Dear Santa design allows families to capture those precious holiday moments forever."

The Dear Santa design will be available through Christmas and can be downloaded and sent for free at Families may share the finished greeting via email or upload it to their Facebook page or personal blog.

Smilebox is introducing more than 50 new holiday-inspired designs for the 2010 season, including holiday greeting cards, newsletters, invitations, slideshows and scrapbooks. After simply dragging and dropping photos and videos into a Smilebox design, customers can share their one-of-a-kind creations in many ways. A Smilebox creation can be emailed to family and friends, posted to a blog or Facebook, printed at home, or saved to a DVD or photo frame. For added convenience, it can also be printed directly to a retail location, such as a Walmart, Sam's Club or CVS/pharmacy.

The free Smilebox application is available for PC and Mac platforms and the download takes up about as much room on a computer's hard drive as a typical digital photo. Consumers can create and email or post any Smilebox for free. Additionally, Smilebox offers users two subscription options to Club Smilebox -- $5.99/month or $39.99/year for access to premium features such as full-screen and ad-free playback, extended music selections, and the ability to print and burn to DVD or a photo frame.

About Smilebox Inc.
Smilebox was founded in 2005 by a group of optimists with a lofty mission: joy is one of the world's most important renewable resources. It's the company's passion to help people share it. Smilebox is a service that makes it easy and fun for people to connect in a more personal way using their photos, videos, and music. Smilebox is the only service that supports all personal media (photos, videos, music), all content types (ecards, invitations, slideshows, digital scrapbooks, photo albums and postcards) and all sharing methods (email, print, burn to DVD, blog and post). Since the service's launch in June 2006, more than 13 million people have installed Smilebox and more than 125 million Smileboxes have been played worldwide. 

Smilebox is a privately held company headquartered in Redmond, Washington.