That is Merry Christmas in Turkish
24.12.2008 - 25.12.2008 -5 °C
It's Christmas morning in Cappadocia. Not my typical Christmas morning. There are no trees, no stockings, no Christmas music or baking cookies. It's just me, on a quiet Christmas morning, looking out the window at the beautiful white covering of snow. When I first decided to spend Christmas away from home, I wondered if it would be an emotional time for me. So far it hasn't. Ok, I had one small pang of "I wish I where home and not here" yesterday morning. It subsided with a hike in the snow. I guess many people wonder what is wrong with me, that I'd want to spend Christmas alone. It isn't that I wanted to spend Christmas alone, it is that I wanted to come back to this beautiful land and this was the perfect time to do so. It just happened to fall around Christmas. I suppose I could have arranged it so I could have been home for Christmas, but I would have missed the snowfall in Cappadocia. My priorities are really out of whack it seems. But are they? The importance of family and friends is there each and every day, not just on special holidays. Christmas has become much to commercialized, much to stressful, much less enjoyable in recent years. The bombardment we get beginning in at least October assaults our senses for nearly three months. I hear more and more people speak of how they get sick of Christmas music, decorations, sales, and spending too much money. It has come to be the holiday of who can out decorate who, who can buy the best gift for who, who can bake the best and most cookies. Everyone seems glad when it's over. I can honestly say I did not miss the hustle and bustle of the holiday season this year. There are things I miss. I miss watching Christmas programs with my now grown daughters, I miss Christmas eve mass, I miss breakfast at my brother's house on Christmas morning, hugs from family and friends. They will be there next year and next year I think Christmas might just mean a little more to me thanks to my time here in Cappadocia, among the cave churches carved out by faithful and dedicated monks of early Christianity. I would love to share this beautiful and peaceful Christmas morning with everyone.
Merry Christmas to all!!