Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Alena Pitts)

Join us for the 12th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at karenehman.com.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE

It’s Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! If you’re just joining in, be sure to start at Day 1 here.

Today is a bittersweet day in our series. One of my guests in this series in 2017 was Wynter Pitts, author and founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for tween girls and their parents. Sadly, Wynter passed away suddenly in July of 2018 leaving behind a husband and four daughters. Her passing was an unexpected shock that left many family and friends devastated. However, Wynter’s husband Jonathan has determined to trust God despite this tragedy and today, I get to introduce you to their oldest daughter Alena. A budding actress and singer, you may recognize her from her role in the movie The War Room. I have asked her to share one of her favorite memories of her mom during the holidays. 

Here’s Alena…

I’ll never forget the holidays with my mom over the years. We were alike in so many ways and one of the things that made us most similar was our love for sleeping. It’s pretty embarrassing to share the amount of time we would spend taking naps together over Christmas break but for both of us it was super refreshing. She was an introvert and so am I. She enjoyed being around people during the holidays but she would need time to refuel just like I do. You could always count on one of us to be hidden somewhere alone, or both of us together, buried underneath a warm fuzzy blanket. I imagine her in heaven under a fuzzy blanket even now, enjoying her rest with the Lord. In honor of her, I’ll be taking plenty of naps this holiday season. And I’ll take some moments alone too, so I can refresh my soul. Hope these resources might help you do the same as you take some time to replenish your soul over the holidays. ~ Alena

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Day 2 Giveaway

Alena is giving away two of her mom’s books: Emptied: Experiencing the Fullness of a Poured-Out Marriage, co-authored with Alena’s father Jonathan, and I Am Yours: Prayers for God’s Girl.

Giveaway rules are listed below. Enjoy!

Alena Pitts \\ Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at karenehman.com.

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Alena Pitts

Alena Pitts is a 15-year-old actress, author and vocalist. The Kendrick Brothers’ WAR ROOM marked Alena’s professional acting debut and launched Alena headfirst into the spotlight at the age of eleven. Shortly after, Alena started on a new journey and co-authored a three-book fictional series aptly titled, Lena In The Spotlight (Zonderkids, 2017). The books are written with her mother, Wynter Pitts, author and founder of For Girls Like You Magazine. Though having experienced unbelievable success, Alena’s journey has not come without loss. She tragically and unexpectedly lost her mother on July 24th 2018 at the age of fourteen. Though heartbroken, she is not without hope and is using Wynter’s passing from death to life as an opportunity to share the hope and love of God in Jesus through her voice and her writing. Alena is the oldest of four sisters, Kaitlyn (12) and twins Camryn and Olivia (10). She and her family reside in Franklin, TN. She enjoys all things music and competitive volleyball. Connect with Alena here.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Rules

  1. U.S. Addresses only please.
  2. You can comment on all 12 days (once per person) up until midnight Pacific time, Sunday, December 22. Each day will be linked below for easy reference.
  3. One daily winner will be chosen from each day’s comments.
  4. To enter to win the Grand Prize (worth over $150 and includes a $75 Amazon gift card, and two admission tickets (with meet-and-greet) to a concert with award-winning country music artist, Granger Smith, comment on, and share, all 12 posts. You can use the share buttons below or repost and share on Instagram (my fave!) and tag me @karenehman.
  5. All winners (including Grand Prize) will be announced here on the blog on Monday, December 23, and contacted via email. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your prizes. 
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DAY 2 GIVEAWAY QUESTION:

Do you have a favorite holiday memory of your time with your mom, or another loved one, growing up? What is it? 

Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway. Remember, if you want to enter to win the grand prize, you must comment on and share all twelve days.

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE

Day 1 with Candace Cameron Bure

Day 3 with Jackie Drew/RadJoy

Day 4 with Courtney Joseph

Day 5 with Trillia Newbell

Day 6 with Ruth Chou Simons

Day 7 with Phylicia Masonheimer

Day 8 with Jada Edwards

Day 9 with Ruth Schwenk

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  • My mom always led the children’s Christmas play at church and organized a group to go Christmas caroling as I was growing up. Some of my favorite Christmas memories with my Mom from my childhood were associated with those activities and singing Christmas songs at home.

  • Mom would always make hot apple cider. It made the house smell wonderful. We would sing Christmas songs together and drink apple cider. Anytime I smell hot apple cider it takes me back to my childhood.

  • My favorite memory is of my mom baking all sorts of yummy desserts a couple of days before the carolers would come and to this day we bring our kids to my moms to still enjoy the singing

  • Opening the box with the kittens in santa hats – the top was wrapped to be lifted off so the box was used each year, and is now my daughter’s.

  • I remember the year my oldest brother had me in our family gift exchange. He bought me a gorgeous purple cashmere sweater which I wore a lot but then treasured after he died in an accident the following year.

  • We always made cookies at my grandmother’s house. She passed away in 2005 and I asked for her cookie cutters because they held such precious memories for me. Now my mother, my young daughter and I use them every Christmas and are continuing to make memories with them.

  • My mom always made me Christmas breakfast and we always did Christmas morning at our house before going to grandma that night.

  • Yes! My mother and I have now have taken over the tradition that my grandmother and I use to do before her passing in 2016. We make up a few boxes with everything you could want or need for Xmas dinner and a special gift for a few of our elders in the community that we know don’t have much. We wrap the boxes real pretty and hand deliver them on the 23rd. It warms our hearts to help others and to have wonderful conversations with them and now they tell me stories of my grandma!! I love it!

  • My mom is amazing, we didn’t grow up will much but my mom always made a way to give us everything we could ever need that included Christmas. She would decorate so beautifully and we would always take pictures in front of our tree which is something I now do with my kids

  • My mom is amazing, we didn’t grow up will much but my mom always made a way to give us everything we could ever need that included Christmas. She would decorate so beautifully and we would always take pictures in front of our tree which is something I now do with my kids.

  • My favorite holiday memory is our family tradition of going sledding each year! It is always so fun and the whole family goes to the same hill, sometimes we bring friends. Then we go home to warm up and have hot cocoa!

  • My favorite memory is spending Christmas Eve together as a family. Getting to open one gift as a child (toy) I could play with that night. And I remember my uncle dressing up as Santa and running through the yard!