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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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  1. We send out Christmas cards every year. The list has gotten shorter over the years, though. Our cards are saved and put with the box of cards so we have them next ueat.

  2. First of all, I LOVE the First 5 app and so enjoy it when you’re on the weekend wrap-up Whitney! We used to send 100+ cards out but this year cut back to out-of-town friends only … It was a special photo card since one of our sons just got married! After Christmas, I punch a hole in the top corner of each card we receive and hook them on a binder ring for easy storage. I think praying for families over dinner is a wonderful tradition. Merry Christmas!

  3. We do Christmas cards sometimes. I love getting the ones that are a page long and give updates. We slip most of those into a binder with plastic sleeves. It makes an easy way to view God’s faithfulness.

  4. I add the names on our Christmas cards to my calendar to prompt prayers all year long. I don’t seem to get Christmas cards out as early as I would like, but always try to send something!

  5. We send out Christmas cards every year. The list has gotten shorter over the years, though. Our cards are saved and put with the box of cards so we have them next ueat.

  6. The few Christmas cards w get stay on the fridge for the entire year. Mostly because they have pictures of family and friends that we just love!

  7. I do not send cards because it has become a chore to get pictures of the kids to put on a card. The ones that I receive I hang in our house until I take down Christmas decorations and then the cards get recycled.

  8. I love this idea for Christmas Cards!! Yes, I do send them-did so today in fact-but have not done anything with those I’ve received. I think I will start praying over them like this-I can’t think of a nice way to bless the senders :)

  9. We started sending photo cards when our children were born. I love sending a new photo each year so people can see how the kids have grown. I keep the photo cards in a treasured box. It is fun to look back and see how other families have grown and changed. I sometimes keep the other Christmas card in a craft box and in the past have used the front’s to make other cards. The kids seem to enjoy that a bit.

  10. I don’t send Christmas cards. We don’t receive very many either. I like the idea of praying over the cards even after the Christmas season has ended.

  11. We love to send and receive Christmas cards. We started putting them on a ring and putting them on the table. May start sending a letter recapping our year. We usually do pictures on our Christmas cards.

  12. I love the idea of praying for the cards we receive! I typically store them somewhere because I hate to throw them away. :)

  13. I used to send Christmas cards every year when my children were young. Then I started sending after Christmas cards, then …..none. Life got so busy. I love sending and receiving cards. Every year, I say I will send next year. So, again, I hope to send cards next year. email and text and social media is not the same. Everyone loves receiving cards in the mail. :)

  14. I love the idea of praying over them. I use mind the next year, cutting the fronts of cards into gift tags, the photos of friends and family…..I save.

  15. I put them all in a basket for family to read over Christmas break. Then after Christmas, I keep them all until the next Christmas, rereading the cards before beginning my card process.

  16. Hi all, we hang our cards around the doorway to our kitchen. Its the main room where everyone ends up this way as you walk through its like you have to stop and read a few and think of these families who took the time to wish us a merry Christmas. It’s really nice. And I am happy to remember them.

  17. I like to scrapbook the family photos sent to us. They are all in one album and its fun to see how the families have changed over the years. Since we’ve moved a lot, its a great way for the kids to remember friends and neighbors from over the years.

  18. We stores ours in a big ziplock and glance back thru them at different times of the year to remember friends/family and pray for them.

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