Liv Hambrett

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Life in Kiel

The Darkest Day

It is the shortest, darkest day of the year today. Winter solstice. And yet, there is blue sky, and the sun keeps pushing through the clouds, undeterred. There is a metaphor in there somewhere, for the state of the world right now, where there is so much darkness, so much insidious darkness.

From here, the days will begin to lengthen. The sun will rise earlier in the morning. There will be more light. The tiny kernel of promise, the little flame of light, that seems so small during these dark days, will grow and grow, until it is almost all we can see. The darkness never disappears, but it never triumphs either.

Last week, family blew in from all corners of the globe, from Sydney and London and Amsterdam, and it was wonderful. We had a long weekend of German Christmas treats and coffees and vegemite Brötchen and catch ups. The kids were fussed over and die Lüdde ate way too many Zimtsterne. It was a big dose of familial cheer and carried us almost all the way to Heilige Abend’s front door.

Holy Evening. Christmas Eve. I don’t believe in a God, but I respect your right to. I believe, though, in the sanctity of family, however that family is formed. I believe in the faith we place in each other, in community. And I believe that this time of year is a time to draw close and celebrate each other and that which binds us as family, as community.

So Merry Christmas to all of you. Draw close. Let the light in.


  1. Sabina

    21 December, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Yesterday was certainly the darkest day in a long time in Berlin…

    1. Liv

      22 December, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Very, very dark.

  2. Ute Antje Seemann

    21 December, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Have a lovely, lovely Christmas, Liv and family, and especially with the new little one to marvel at the Christmas tree lights, and the smells of Christmas and childhood – and I hope you go one day to a Christmas service at 5pm on the 24th with nativity play and all the traditional songs, like “Ihr Kinder , oh kommet, oh kommet doch all ….”, I still get the shivers …

    1. Liv

      22 December, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      And a wonderful, wonderful Christmas to you too Ute. Und, auf jeden Fall, einen guten Rutsch!

  3. Renate Barreras

    22 December, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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