We Can Do Better Than Chinese Food

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This is something that I’ve never really understood. Why is it a “thing” to eat Chinese on Christmas Eve? Yeah, yeah. I get it. The only places that are open on Christmas are movie theatres and Chinese restaurants.

But that’s not my issue. Why do we feel the need to eat Chinese food on Christmas? Who cares that it’s Christmas? It’s not our holiday. Why do we need to have our own customs? Just make spaghetti or something.

Why don’t we eat sushi on Easter (Because it’s Passover. That’s why)? Eating Chinese is just a sign that we’re uncomfortable with being outcasts on Christmas. But the funny thing is that we aren’t even on Christians’ radars. We don’t matter on Christmas. And I’m cool with that.

Tomorrow, eat something else. I know I will (unless I have no food. Then I’m gonna order some Chinese or something).

Posted on December 23, 2009

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8 thoughts on “We Can Do Better Than Chinese Food

  1. hutchinr

    “Eating Chinese [on Christmas] is just a sign that we’re uncomfortable with being outcasts on Christmas.” I completely disagree. It’s a sign we know how to take advantage of a great opportunity when it comes along. Many Chinese restaurants serve BETTER food on Christmas, because they are catering to a mainly Chinese audience instead of the usual mix of chop suey-loving Americans. And we don’t have to fight for a table. Pass the chopsticks.

  2. david levy

    jeremy: how to account for the jewish fresser’s love of chinese food?…i have asked several rabbis to explain … none could….david

  3. Lindy

    Eating Chinese on Christmas seems to be a North American ‘custom’ I am from South Africa originally and it was a non event. As far as I know none of the former British ‘colonies’ eat Chinese at Christmas. There must be some reason this originated – I have no clue as to why.

  4. Bruce Harrow

    This is another of those New York or Northeast things? Being a Jewboy from Texas, there is ALWAYS Bar-B-Q!!

  5. Brura

    I made stir-fry and I enjoyed it. It does not matter what anyone eats just as long as it is made with kosher ingredients. I don’t go out to restaurants mainly because there are no kosher restaurants to be found here. However, if I wanted pasta, I would have made it. What is the big deal? When I was shopping for the ingredients for my stir-fry, I was singing dreidle songs! “I have a little Drediel, I made it out of clay…” No one said anything, they are just glad that I found my ingredients at their store. Get a cookbook of some of your favorite foods and if it is Chinese food, Mark Bitman has “How to Cook Everything Chinese.” So what if the titles are a bit pretentious, the food is not. I find the titles of his book funny. Do you really know how many versions of brown sauce for egg foo yung there are? Anyone can also do super duper kosher because this year Shabbat and Christmas was on the same day. It is not always like that, but just enjoy whatever you want. Just please keep it kosher.

  6. Richard Quintana

    To Bruce Harrow…as a Jewish Texan myself, it’s hard to find a good barbeque restaurant open on Christmas day. If I want barbeque, I’d have to do what any good Texan has learned since birth…make it myself.

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