Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Merry Christmas!)
We’ve noticed that there seem to be more Christmas lights and decorations up this year in our community on the island (although Richard speculates that we didn’t notice much last year at this time because we were still in shock after moving here). Either way, we have really enjoyed the season this time around mostly because we have been so involved in events with our community and friends. The base always has something going on but our favorite things have been the get-togethers and performances out in the local community (see gallery photos below). We performed in two Christmas concerts in Hania with two different groups of fellow believers who are very dear to us. What a joy to share the special message of Christmas hope with so many people who hunger for the Living Word. And of course, there are the countless luncheons, cookie exchanges and Christmas parties that you just can’t say no to. Staying busy keeps our mind off the fact that we won’t be home in Colorado for Christmas this year but we have nonetheless found many blessings in staying here as well. We haven’t missed the shopping frenzy and commercialism or the harried traveler syndrome that accompanies going back to the States and we really are enjoying the low-stress holiday. But we do miss our families and friends and pray for your health and happiness this season.
We are especially reminded this year that when you celebrate a birthday it doesn’t matter where or how or even when. What matters is WHO. So, to all our family and friends near and far, may you take special delight this season in celebrating the birth of Jesus and may God bless you with an extra measure of faith, hope and love this year. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas!
love, Melanie and Richard