It was a bit odd celebrating Christmas in a non-Christian country this year. For example; Christmas decorations are sold in most grocery store yet wrapping paper does not exist.
We parked by the water on the Asian side of Istanbul, went on a big walk under the warm sun then retreated to the van for some holiday celebrations.
I played Christmas songs while cooking. I love Christmas songs.
My poor mini Christmas tree dried out.
Holiday vodka shots.
Below, Polish beets in a horseradish sauce and Chinese chicken with green beans (a salute to A Christmas Story and the “Asian” Istanbul.