Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Murray Turkey Christmas

This was our best Christmas in Turkey. Cam worked Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day last year (first time in 27 years of marriage)so it was lovely to have him home this year. Christmas Day we had a visit from the electricians. A fuse had died on the 23rd, but because of our overnight trip to Tekirdag we had to delay their visit. They came when they promised to come, diagnosed the problem quickly and were back with a part in no time. We rely on electricity for heat, so Nicole's room and the living room were very chilly after two days without power.
Finally! Mom let us put presents under the tree!

December 23 we went to Tekirdag and the next day to the theatre for:

The Desolation

of Smaug

in 3D! 
We were the only people at this showing which was in English with Turkish subtitles.  Oddly, all the Orc speak was translated into Turkish but not into English. Tickets for the movie were about CAD$4.00 per person.

We actually have a fireplace. It's in Nicole's bedroom and serves as the headboard for her bed so stockings were hung elsewhere!

We have coal too - but Santa didn't fill anyone's stocking with it!

Dad's stocking was filled with the good stuff! (Candy!!)

We had a roaring fire, and Christmas music courtesy of YouTube and a Lego Frosty (Thanks Sam!)

Each of the kids played "Santa" delivering the presents.

Dad's birthday fez from Selcuk made a great Santa hat.

Lots of goodies!

Nicole and Sam experimenting with their sticky throwing ball thingys.

I cooked a leg of lamb for supper.  After doing it twice before, I got cocky and tried a new recipe.  The marinade turned the outside black and didn't really add anything to the flavour. Next time I'll stick to basics.

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