Christmas in Turkey — yes, it does exist! Being a Muslim country, it is not celebrated as a holiday but evidence of Christmas is seen in the holiday decorations at Ankara’s numerous shopping malls.
We even have decorated trees in the high school lobby.
My decorating this year was limited to an artificial tree with two strands of lights in my lojman. It looks better than Charlie Brown’s tree but could use some help.
No worries, though, as I’m off to Germany Saturday with a friend. We’ll visit several Christmas Markets including one in Nuremberg. Doesn’t it look enchanting? Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt The empty suitcase that goes with me on the plane Saturday will be full of beautiful ornaments when I return to Ankara.
I wish you all a stress-free next couple of weeks (not going to happen, right?) as those of you who celebrate Christmas get ready for the big day. I will miss/have already missed holiday traditions in Seattle like the Northwest Boychoir’s Festival of Lessons & Carols, the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, and listening to carolers from the boats parading around Puget Sound. There are new traditions to be made here in this part of the world which I will share with you as my journey teaching in Turkey continues.