The Twelve Days of Crete-mas

DSC_0110We hosted a Christmas party at our home last week and enjoyed the company of many friends from different cultures.  I even got out my guitar later in the evening and we all joined in a carolling fest.  One thing led to another and here’s what happens when you start laughing about your Cretan experiences after a few mugs of gluewein:


On the first day of Crete-mas my true love gave to me:

  • A goat in an olive tree
  • Two loaded shotguns
  • Three dumpster cats
  • Four herds of geep*
  • Six Greeks a-shouting
  • Seven roosters crowing
  • Eight dogs a-barking
  • Nine Yia-Yia’s* sweeping
  • Ten beat-up trucks*
  • Eleven fender-benders*
  • Twelve watermelons
  • *Geep – A cross between a goat and a sheep (basically the ugliest sheep you can imagine)
  • *Raki – Cretan moonshine
  • *Yia-Yia – Greek for Grandma
  • *Usually OLD Toyotas that don’t look any better than the mules they replaced
  • *You’d be lucky to get away with only eleven

Gotta love it here! 


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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2 Responses to The Twelve Days of Crete-mas

  1. Miriam nance lewis says:

    I really enjoy the post, travel without the jet lag, great photos and I really enjoy the real ness of the culture

  2. That is great, especially the dumpster cats and shots of Raki. I never did see a Geep but it sounds terrifying!

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