I know I am late with this subject. But as long as they play Christmas music here at the airport of İzmir (and they do!) I am fine with that. You should, too.
So I came to Turkey on december 24th and expected a country without any Christmas decoration. I mean regarding the fact that there are officially 98% Muslims living in this land.
I got disappointed. It started at the airport of İzmir where I found this in the baggage claim section:
Then I was surprised when I walked the streets of Alsancak, a quarter of the district Konak in central Izmir. The main shopping and entertaining street looked like this:
But when you see this angel with a trumpet you know the whole decoration is actually about Christmas:
I don’t know if this counts as Christmas decoration, too, or more as vandalism:
Even on TV they show you how to tinker Christmas decoration. In this case a snowman:
Another Christmas decoration, seen in a snack bar in Bornova (another district of Izmir where all the students live):
Even at the bazar there was something light Christmas lights:
And this what Izmir airport looks like just at this moment as I write these lines:
But Christmas also has its dangerous sides:
But let’s end with a last picture that says something nice: “Happy New Year 2016” with a bit of Christmas decoration:
This is only what I have seen in Izmir. And Izmir is called to be the “most European city” in Turkey. So maybe there is less Christmas decoration in other parts of the country.