holidays Archives - Elisabeth Klein

Looking Back

Every year, I spend some time thinking back on the previous year. I do four things: I read through all of my journals from the past year. I read all of the sweet notes I have received from friends and family during the previous months. I read through all of the daily...

Arrival

Oh sweet one, it’s finally here.  He is finally here. We may have trudged through this holiday season, limping emotionally, dragging baggage and pain and fear and unknowns. We may have put up the tree, we may have written the family letter, we may have bought everyone...

Christmas Fears

I’ve been reading the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke this month as I prepare my heart for Christmas. And I found something that surprised me. In the one hundred and thirty-two verses of those two chapters, an angel tells three different people to not be...

Getting through the Holidays

Are you in a hard marriage? Are you separated? Are you divorced? Are you a single mom? Are you dreading holiday gatherings? Are you dreading not having plans on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve? Are you dreading not being able to do your years’-long...

Advent: Are You Ready?

Advent. I love this word even though I was not raised in a tradition that observes it. A simple glance at the dictionary shows me why it resonates with me. n. a coming into place, view, or being; arrival A coming into. We head into the holiday season and into the...

Gratitude Challenge

We all know deep down that we are more blessed than we acknowledge, so I’m laying down a challenge to you, my sweet readers. Every night between now and the end of the year, let’s commit to take at least five minutes to write down the following: -3 good...