Christmas Surprise – The gift that keeps on giving

After we posted our Christmas Greetings blog we experienced our first Christmas here on the island.  We even broke down and bought a little Christmas tree to set up in our home. We didn’t go all out like we do in the States but with a touch of lights, candles and greenery our place actually looked very festive.  And the simplicity of it was refreshing.

Quiet Christmas Eve...or so we thought...

On Christmas Eve 2010, we were up on the rooftop terrace enjoying a balmy evening view of the sea when we heard what I can only describe as the cries from some poor desperate animal.  What we discovered was a tiny puppy frantically trying to get out of our gated driveway.  Someone (not Santa) had dropped the poor creature over our wall and left.  (Not an uncommon pratice for locals to find out where the soft hearted Americans live and drop off unwanted animals.  I’m surprised we didn’t get a whole litter.)  We brought her inside, gave her a thorough flea bath and some puppy formula then sat back and scratched our heads about what to do with her.  Long story short, she’s still with us.  They say a pet is officially yours when you give it a name. (“Ela” – Greek for “Come, Come on, Come here”, etc.)

Christmas Day with new puppy. She weighed in at a whopping 1.7kg.

We are still looking for a permanent home for her as we travel so much it’s not really fair to leave her.  For now, she is here and turning out to be a wonderful little dog.  She loves her play dates with the Mabie kids and their dog, Bolt!  She is the “gift that keeps on giving” (in more ways than one, if you know what I mean).  We think she’s the best looking Cretan mut we’ve ever seen!

Ela (5 weeks old)

We enjoyed a perfectly proper English Christmas Day feast hosted by a wonderful British couple, Anne and Paul at their lovely home near Kalives.  Anne cooked up a delicious spread complete with roasted turkey, chestnut dressing, parsnips, roasted potatoes, fresh vegetables and figgy pudding, of course.  Jolly good!!

Christmas dinner with Anne, Paul and Paul

We spent the good part of the afternoon in the company of these fine people who share a love for the Lord and humbly serve Him.  They are an inspiration to us.

After a relaxing post-dinner food stupor, we decided to ramp things up a bit with a visit to the Kabutz house (zoo).  These are our very good friends from South Africa who have three awesome children and 4 huge dogs among other various critters that roam in and out of the premises.  There’s always some kind of action to be had here and we love them dearly!

Christmas with Kabutz kids Maxi, Connie, Bangie

We often remark how we wish all our loved ones back in the States could meet our new “family” here.  God continues to bless us in so many ways through His people.  And that is truly “the gift that keeps on giving.”


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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