Christmas in Turkey

13 December 2010

It was unbeliavable windy outside and the lovely snow flakes turned into white frozen crap hinting my face. Anyway I got to a hypermarket and I saw whole aisle of Christmas decoration. I knew that they decorate Christmas trees in the New Year’s Eve in Turkey but I didn’t expect such an amount of artificial trees, wrapping papers and alcohol in sale.



My last month in Istanbul has just begun. I’ve already bought a plane ticket so it’s for sure that in the middle of January I’m flying back to my cold country in the North… Come on, I live in Istanbul where even in the beginning of December the temperature was around 15 degrees while there were ‘celebrating’ polar days in the Czech Republic. I’m not saying it’s not snowing here right now…

I felt really happy about the fact that Turks don’t celebrate Christmas. It doesn’t make me homesick then. Sure there are some lights in shopping windows or a little bit of Santa Claus but it’s not like I was feeling overwhelmed by Christmas atmosphere. No one is hunting the perfect present, madly cleaning home, removing snow from driveway, baking Christmas sweets, grumbling about carols playing from every possible sound device while having a tear in the eye while listening to Wham’s song Last Christmas and still forgetting what are Christmas really about.

“Wait, you’re not a Christian but you still celebrate Christmas?”
“Do you really decorate Christmas tree on the New Year’s Eve? I thought they’re just doing it in Hollywood movies.”

But one morning when I woke up and looked from my balcony window, Christmas time finally got me. It was snowing outside, my first snow flakes this winter. It was like magic. Untill I needed to go outside to buy something for breakfast/lunch/whatever. It was unbeliavable windy outside and the lovely snow flakes turned into white frozen crap hinting my face. Anyway I got to a hypermarket and I saw whole aisle of Christmas decoration. I knew that they decorate Christmas trees in the New Year’s Eve in Turkey but I didn’t expect such an amount of artificial trees, wrapping papers and alcohol in sale. In aim to feel more homesick or just to try feeling homesick at all I bought inside lights to decorate my window, some candles (I couldn’t find an advent wreath) and sparkles but unfortunately all small artificial trees looked like brush so no Christmas tree in my room so far.

I’m looking forward to Christmas after all. To go to school on Christmas Eve, to let my Turkish friend to cook me a proper Christmas dinner with a carp (or any other fish he’ll find suitable) and then to get drunk as fast as possible to forget that it’s my first Christmas without family. I think it will be interesting weekend after all.

So anyway what do you want for Christmas? I’m still without a laptop, so I guess, the world peace has to wait.

one comment

  1. Hortenzia December 21, 2010

    And what about the christmas DVD I´ve brought to you? Don´t forget to watch them!

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