On Sunday, we bought our Christmas tree from IKEA. I always swore that I would never have a fake Christmas tree in my house, but I also never thought I'd be living in Turkey where they don't celebrate Christmas. In fact, the Turks call Christmas trees "New Year's Trees." We didn't have time to decorate it until Monday, so that was our Monday thing.
We can't put lights on the tree or around the house because of the voltage, which is sad, so it looks a little bare, but I think I'll string some popcorn later on this month to put around.
|As we were putting up the tree, Mike found this guy and made sure he was the first decoration up (besides the tree). He has claimed his spot next to the scotch so that he never misses a nightcap!|
Yesterday, we mailed some Christmas spirit out in the form of cards. We were kind of limited on who we could send them to, but I wanted to do Christmas cards. I'm really trying not to let the fact that we're in Turkey change that much. Today, we unpacked the rest of our decorations and put them up. Before we moved, we took a bunch of decorations that were sitting in Mike's dad's basement. As I was unpacking, I realized that we ended up taking a bunch of nutcrackers and other figurines. Ha! We don't have any wreaths or garland because we figured they wouldn't travel well to Turkey, so we've just got a bunch of different nutcrackers, Santa Clauses and snowmen scattered around our living room. It's kind of funny.
|I swear one day I'll finish this puzzle....|
|All of these nutcrackers are a set and I wanted to keep them together since they're called the "Nutcracker Village"|
|Fun fact: The North Pole sign that Santa is holding is actually pointing north.|
|Santa, some carolers and our wedding party :)|
|The cookie jar snowman. You can have a cookie after you take your vitamins and drink your coffee.|
And how could we forget Santa himself?