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11th Day of Christmas Giveaways with Whitney Capps

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12 Days of Christmas at KarenEhman.com

Welcome to the 11th Day of Christmas Giveaways!!!


12 Days of Christmas at KarenEhman.com
Today my friend Whitney Capps is here to share a glimpse into the Capps’ household at Christmastime. (Or just after Halloween?) ;). She will be giving away a “Karen Ehman Prize Pack” which sounds a little funny for me to say, but Whitney chose 3 of her favorite books to give to one special reader! I love it!

To join in on the fun and be entered to win the various prizes, simply leave a comment on the post answering the question of the day. ALSO—one grand prize will be given to one person who comments on all 12 days.

The Grand Prize is a $50 gift certificate to Proverbs 31 Ministries store and a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!!!

Now, here is Whitney for today’s post…

Christmas in July

Hello friends of Karen! My name is Whitney Capps, and I’m a part of the Proverbs 31 ministry team with Karen. I’m a speaker for the ministry, and I write for our First 5 mobile app. If you haven’t heard about it, check it out in the app store. It’s a great way to start your day in the Word of God. I just love it!
But my favorite ministry assignment is wife to Chad and Mom to Cooper, Dylan, Ryder and Tate. (Yes, four boys. All ten and under!) Our family is loud, wild and a little bit crazy. Here’s just one example…12 Days of Christmas

We love Christmas. Like really, really love Christmas. Our family decorates the day after Halloween. For real! All you Thanksgiving purists feel free to gasp and judge. I’m so sorry. I married a man who loves our home decorated for Christmas. So on November 1st, we start pulling out the red and green tubs of decor. We turn on the Christmas tunes and Christmas comes to town. (y

Now for the “bah humbug” part. When the week after the 25th rolls around, I am so over Christmas. It must come down. I mean
like some weird switch happens in my brain, and all the decor starts to make me all claustrophobic. And once it’s packed away, I cannot bear to see it, hear it or think about it again until the next year. I won’t let my boys watch seasonal Christmas movies in the spring. I absolutely can’t listen to Christmas music in the summer. Nope. No sir. Not gonna happen.

There is one tiny exception. Our Christmas cards. I hide my “”no-Christmas crazy in this one area. We love all the cards our family receives during the holiday season. It makes my heart swell to thumb through them, smiling at the faces and names that represent sweet friends and family. So I can’t bear to throw or pack them away. So here’s what we do. We keep our cards in a basket near our kitchen. At dinner we pull a card from the basket and pray for the family represented. It’s not big. It’s not profound. It’s just a sweet little tradition that let’s us enjoy Christmas year-round.

It’s our little bit of Christmas in July. And it makes me feel festive in the best kind of way.

12 Days of Christmas at KarenEhman.comSo, do you send Christmas cards? What do you do with yours at the end of the season? Any other tips or ideas we can steal? Share them!Okay, you know the drill. Make sure you leave a comment to be entered for today’s prize! I’m giving away a Karen Ehman prize pack featuring three of my FAVORITE books by her

All winners will be announced on December 22nd!

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173 Comments

  1. This is our 2nd Christmas in our home and the first year we have actually sent out Christmas cards, so we don’t really have a tradition yet. I absolutely love the tradition you and your family are doing to have a bit of Christmas cheer and kindness throughout the year by praying for the family whose card you draw! I am adding it to our list of ideas for when (or if) we receive any Christmas cards.

  2. We don’t send out cards, but we tend to save the ones we get. We file them away and bring them out a few years later to reminisce over them. Sometimes we have given them back to the sender years later for a laugh!

  3. We send a family picture Christmas card. I don’t know what to do with them at the end of the year – so I’m here for the other comments :)

  4. I too love to get the tree, etc out right away! But I keep the cards in a cute box in my coffee table thru January at least. I love to get Christmad cards & re-read them over & over. They are like little presents from people I love .

  5. We pray over ours as well. I hope the tradition of cards never ends because I love seeing the photos of our friends and watching their children grow up through the years. It keeps us close over the miles!

  6. I read a Lot of the comments, gathered some great ideas. I also, due to clutter have had to throw cards way too. And I don’t mail out anymore, as it’s just me. But I used to send out & save, I do save all the photos tho! Sure enjoyed your post.

  7. We do send out cards. I usually keep the ones I receive that are pictures so I can see how families change over the years. This year we plan to create a display for year round so we can pray over them all year.

  8. My dream is to one day be so orgAnized that we get family photos done and send them out in time for Christmas but until then I enjoy the ones we receive in the mail.

    I too have all boys. Only 3 but all boys so I understand the loud house issue and wanting to put things bAck in order right after Christmas. I think some of that mindset is also because I teach kindergarten and need to tidy up before returning to work.

    That being said, I keep all photo cards in an album that comes out at ChristmAs time each year. It’s neat to see how much families change and grow thru the years. I cut off the fronts of regulAr cards and put them away to use with my kinders the next year for sorting or a writing center. The typed wording on the inside gets cut out with fancy craft scissors. I use those sayings on gift items thAt I make the following Christmas.

    Basically I recycle everything but I love your idea of praying over them.

  9. What a great idea!!!! We don’t send cards per say we put them in the envelopes and stuff them in the church bulletin… We are a pastors family and this is the best way to make sure each church member gets a card? But we throw away the cards we get after Christmas is over?

  10. We also have our cards in a basket and pray for the senders. Then after we have prayed over the card I will cut and trim the cards to become gift tags for the following Christmas.

  11. I think praying over the cards is a great idea!! I keep my Christmas cards and cut them up and use as labels on my gifts for the next year, they look very pretty on the gift’s. My tree goes up the first week of December I used to put it up around Thanksgiving and it comes down on January 1st mostly. My daughter and son-in-law have 3 boys and 1 girl…….They keep a watchful eye on her, she is 7 the next boy is 11~~13~~15 It is a very busy household. They all have had a personal relationship with our God, and are very active in church. Love and Merry Christmas!!

  12. I think praying over the cards is a great idea!! I keep my Christmas cards and cut them up and use as labels on my gifts for the next year, they look very pretty on the gift’s. My tree goes up the first week of December I used to put it up around Thanksgiving and it comes down on January 1st mostly. My daughter and son-in-law have 3 boys and 1 girl…….They keep a watchful eye on her, she is 7 the next boy is 11~~13~~15 It is a very busy household. They all have had a personal relationship with our God, and are very active in church. Love and Merry Christmas!!

  13. I send out a picture card with (usually) unseen pictures of me and my daughters. I love getting all forms of cards in the mail but especially love the pictures. I keep them on my fridge. It’s a great reminder of the love and support that surrounds me. I keep all cards in a box in our Christmas tub.

  14. I love the idea of praying through the cards! We try to send out some type of letter or card but the past few years are mailing have been small and simple and are usually late.

  15. We stopped sending cards when things got tight. And we get very few these days. We have saved them and cut them up to make other things with. The photo cards we save.

  16. I just don’t ever seem to be able to get my act together enough to send cards. I wish I did. But I also do collect the cards I receive and we likewise pray for them throughout the year. I actually like your idea of decorating so early. I may try that next year. It seems that may help it not feel so rushed. Merry Christmas!

  17. Like so many others, I still send the old fashioned kind and usually put a personal note in them for the family. Many of my friends send holiday letters along with their cards and I used to wonder how they could remember what happened last January…then I realized that they must journal! Sometimes my brain just doesn’t comprehend some of the simplest things! One year, we decorated our tree entirely with the cards that had been sent and it was a pleasure to see them on it. The last 2 years, we have taped them to a large mirror that we have in the living room so we walk by it several times a day. This year, we did not get the decorations up until yesterday! I think our tree looks lovely with just the white lights on it and may not even put any ornaments on it. In years past, I collected Hallmark keepsake ornaments with the dates on them, usually picking one that symbolized an important event that had happened that particular year, and I usually picked out one for my daughter as well. After she married and claimed “her” ornaments, I really have not continued that tradition. My husband says that I have ‘hoarding tendencies’ and I am trying to work on that aspect of my personality, after all, God’s love is sufficient, right? Thank you for this opportunity to be a blessing to others!

  18. I love getting Christmas cards/letters/pictures so we do a variety, usually a Christmas photo, sometimes cards and occasionally a newsletter of the year in review. I repurposed an old window frame to hang in our hallway with the Christmas pictures. Last year was exceptional as my Mom died unexpectedly on Dec. 2. So there are sympathy cards mixed in with the Christmas cards. I plan to take the special ones from last year and this year, punch a hole in the corner and hang them all onto key chain ring so that I can keep them together and go over them occasionally, maybe on anniversaries. I love the prayer reminder idea!

  19. I give them to the Sunday School teacher and they use them for the kids to make cards the next year for their parents, grandparents etc.

  20. I do keep cards… All cards… I have a bit of an obsession. I must say I keep mine usually with my decorations. I reread them because as a child I needed the words of affirmation.

  21. We send Christmas cards out every year, even if they go out late. We do family pics, and if big things have happened (like weddings, births, moves, etc), then we send out a letter with them too. Since most of our family and friends do the same, I keep the cards and letters for scrapbooks. If it’s not a photo or letter card, then we use for crafting or toss.

  22. We don’t do cards anymore. Doesn’t feel right since our son passed after a three year battle with cancer last year. We take the money we would have spent and provide a nice meal for cancer kids and their families at Motts Childrens Hospital in Michigan. Someone did that when we spent a Christmas there during our sons initial diagnosis. It was so nice! ? Merry Christmas!

  23. We send family photo cards every year. In the past I have scrapbooked them or put them together with a ring and cover. The last couple years I just put them in a ziplock meaning to get to it. I like the prayer basket idea.

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