The Advantages of Celebrating Christmas in Istanbul

Well, here we are, Christmas Eve. The sun is shining bright, and Pollyanna is back, unlike yesterday. And although I miss my family like crazy, am dying to eat one of my friend Kim’s cinnamon rolls, and wish there were some other ladies hanging out in the kitchen with me, I find myself also thinking of a few things that are nice about being on this side of the globe this Christmas.

1) Do not fret, call the bakkalcı. If you are out of eggs and do not realize it until you are about ready to make this blessed eggnog, do not worry! Inevitably, every store you would normally rely on is open. And, if you are like me and live above a bakkal, you can call the bakkalcı downstairs, send down your basket with money, and he’ll happily fill the basket with eggs which will then fill your family with joy.

2) Do not fret, Starbucks is open. Now if you really have an emergency and find yourself out of coffee, again, do not fret. Starbucks is open! And, they currently have Christmas blend coffee in stock. Additionally, if you do not have a coffee grinder they will grind it for you and since you are buying a pound of coffee they’ll throw in a free tall latte. Sounds like a nice Christmas gift to me!


3) You can take a walk along the Bosphorus. I grew up in the middle of the Mojave Desert. So, no surprise that taking a Christmas Eve walk along the Bosphorus seems like a good idea to me. Ellie likes to look at the seagulls, so it’s fun for the whole family.


I could come up with a few more, but I think I’m going to go whip up some cinnamon rolls. Merry Christmas everyone! How are you celebrating in Istanbul?

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Melissa is a wife, mama and fan of all things Turkey. Among other adventures, Melissa loves living life in Turkey while raising her daughters. On IstanbulMoms you can hear about her adventures and escapades, tips for success, strategies for untangling the culture, and ideas for enjoying life in Istanbul to the fullest.

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