Merry Christmas from the Cranes

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


About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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7 Responses to Merry Christmas from the Cranes

  1. Faith, Hope and Love and a merry Christmas to you. Linda and Bear

  2. Paul and Tina says:

    We like the way you have found your way to the “other side of the fence”. You have added much joy to the lives of many locals. So many folks who come here seem to focus on the inside of the fence. Keep it up. Before long it will be time to rollout of here.
    God bless.

  3. Kim Rowley says:

    Merry Christmas from your Evergreen neighbors, Kim, Steve & RJ. We are in California for 5 weeks with our families. We look forward to hitting the ski slopes when we return to Colorado. Love to you and Richard.

  4. Gail says:

    Mel and Richard, while everyone else is rushing around getting ready for x-mas, I’m doing what I’m supposed to, which is resting and recovering. Thanks to your very special blog, I feel like this afternoon I went on a trip with you. How exciting! Thank you for enriching my life with your friendship and sharing your Crete experience so that even tho you’re far away, you make me feel like you’re here telling me stories about your adventures. Xmas this year will be one you’ll always cherish. Love to you both and merry Xmas from scott and me. Can’t wait to see the continuation with your trip to Switzerland.

  5. merry merry christmas, friends! don’t think you’re missing “a quiet chirstmas morning in the colorado snow.” it’s 50+ degrees today, with nothing on the ground. it’s really messing with us. enjoy crete!

  6. Cate McWilliams says:

    Dear Melanie and Richard,
    I am just relaxing today to take time to read messages from friends. I am savoring yours. You sound very happy and we look forward to your sharing with us a reminder of how loving and warm life can be wherever we are. We have visited family in Calif and had other families here over the last month. It has been wonderful to see them and I wish we all lived closeby so it would a little more relaxed at this time of year.
    Please give each other a hug for us and let us know what is next for you.

    Love and blessings to you,
    Cate and Sam

    • Ruth Elbell says:

      Hi Melanie,

      Linda sent me the wonderful letter that you sent her in December.. How exciting for you and it sounds like you are having a wonderful time there.. I have not seen you or your mother since your high school days. We do need to get together one of these days.

      Enjoy your wonderful time in Greece.
      Ruth Elbell

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