12 Days of Christmas (2017) – Day 12

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OK, let’s get started with our twelfth day’s guest, Wynter Pitts!

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Giving Good Gifts

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy for the internet. I know it is not a new thing anymore, but around this time of year I develop a brand-new appreciation for it.

I mean seriously. I am literally sitting in my onesie, wearing fluffy red socks and sipping on a hot cup of coffee while being the best mom ever! I am Christmas shopping, of course. I’m checking off lists, asking my friends for opinions and comparing prices… while sitting on my couch!

For an introvert like myself, this is lovely!

However, If I am not careful… this does present a bit of a problem.

Besides the potential of overspending because shopping carts don’t seem as full on a screen, I have to be careful not to mindlessly order things that no one needs, even if they have requested them.

Yes, my girls create their lists but at 13, 11 and 8 (twins) they don’t always have the best judgement. They often times want gifts that add zero value to their lives. The responsibility falls on my husband and I to carefully and wisely select the items that will enter our girls’ world. Obviously, this holds true after Christmas, as well.

My prayer this Christmas and beyond is that I prayerfully and wisely consider the impact of each gift and influence that I allow into each of my daughters’ lives. I want them to have fun and I want them to enjoy, but even more than that I want each present to present a future that keeps first things first. After all, isn’t that how God treats us?

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

May our hearts be set on creating a Christ-centered atmosphere for our children where gift-giving is greater than gift-receiving as we celebrate and receive the greatest gift of all.

Day Twelve Giveaway

For the 12 Days of Christmas series, I am giving away my You’re God’s Girl Coloring BookYou’re God’s Girl Devotional for Tween Girls, and my book co-authored with my husband Jonathan, She is Yours: Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You.

 10th Annual #12DaysofChristmas Giveaways (2017) at karenehman.com.

Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for tween girls and their parents. She is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl Devotional and She is Yours: Trusting God As You Raise The Girl He Gave You.

Wynter and her husband Jonathan are raising four daughters (ages 7-13) in Dallas, Texas.  One fun fact, Wynter’s oldest daughter, Alena, starred in the hit film War Room (2015) and together they co-authored the series, Lena in The Spotlight!

Follow Wynter on Facebook, Instagram or her blog!

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  • We try to think of gifts that our kids would enjoy and would also continue use and not get board with quickly,.

  • I prefer to do all my Christmas shopping online. It makes it much easier (and often quicker) to find the perfect gift for each person.

  • I will share this with my beautiful daughter – I always tell her talk to God he will help. I am so happy I figured out how to comment on your posts. I have looked at them and could not figure out how to post. I am glad this morning something worked. Actually it was the email I got from you that sent me to the right page. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family. God Bless

  • Every year my mom made us write a Christmas list. I’m not exactly sure why because we never received much off of those lists, if anything at all! But what we received under the tree every year were gifts that were well thought out and well sought out. It always amazes me to find gifts I unwrap that would have been something I would have chosen myself if I knew it was even a thing! How blessed are we to be mindful of the needs and wants of others around us instead of our own selfish greed? Christ lifts the focus off of us and onto Himself showing us the needs of others around us.

  • Wow! You really got me thinking, “will the gifts I’ve selected really be beneficial?” Then as I thought back on it all, I realized I actually DID think them, through! Thank you for the reminder to really evaluate and reflect on the gifts I buy.

  • Thank you, Wynter! (I so love your name, by the way!) I have been having this conversation with my 12-year old after her list was made. Discussing the value of particular things, considering their meanings, costs and overall value to her life. As a mom, I’m excited to buy things that will make my girls happy, but not everything they think they want is best for them. Thanks for reaffirming! Your girls are blessed to have such a smart mama!

  • Thank you for reminding us to think twice before shopping and have control. I loved the movie War room. You have a wonderful family, I have a 5 year old daughter who loves to draw and color. Your books would be a great gift for her and a blessing for me.

  • Thanks for the beautiful reminder today. I have a two year old daughter and would definitely benefit from reading your books. We have been trying to keep Christ in Christmas even at this young age, with her first Nativity scene and reading the Christmas story over anf over. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

  • Wonderful reminder. Those look like great coloring books. I have been keeping an eye out for a couple of persons. I know of three people who would be perfect for those three.

  • We try to get the things our children want if we know they are useful and our children will handle them wisely. It gets tempting to buy everything though!

  • So true. It can be easy to get caught up in what to give. I am trying to give gifts, especially to those either not Christians or not attending Church to help point to the reason for the season. Not always as careful for the ones for whom I have regular contact.

  • Well with 5 girls and 2 granddaughters, I’m always up for new resources to use and pass on to my daughters. Thanks!

  • You have a beautiful family! My husband and I raised 6 boys, and now I have 6 granddaughter’s! I think your books would be a blessing to any family raising girls. I would love to win, but if I don’t I will still purchase one of your books. God bless you and your family!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • This is a good reminder to remember what’s most important and guard our children from things they may not understand now but will perhaps appreciate later in life. Thanks for sharing.