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I have no good theory to account for the very notable increase in the popularity of Christmas decorations in Istanbul. There have been more of them every year since I’ve been here, but I’m seeing a really notable increase over last year. Christmas trees, Santas, Rudolphs, garlands, Merry Christmas signs–all out in force, and beats me what to make of it. I’d tentatively say that Turks love anything bright and festive, and retailers figure this looks bright and festive.
Shopkeeper downstairs from me: daughter wearing a headscarf, very proud of his nicely-decorated new Christmas tree. Last night up by Taksim I saw a band doing rockabilly covers in Santa suits. Earlier today I saw a truck whiz by stacked high with freshly-chopped firs.
The driver was in a serious hurry. Obviously a lot of people were waiting impatiently for those trees.