Christmas 2012, Istanbul (Asian side).

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.

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I played Christmas songs while cooking. I love Christmas songs.

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My poor mini Christmas tree dried out.

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Holiday vodka shots.

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Of course.

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Below, Polish beets in a horseradish sauce and Chinese chicken with green beans (a salute to A Christmas Story and the “Asian” Istanbul.

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