Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Do you plan to have, or did you have, Chinese food on either Dec. 24 or Dec. 25?” Of the 237 people who responded, 39% said they would be eating Chinese food either at home or at a friend’s home, and 14% said they would be doing so at a restaurant. Twenty percent of those who responded said they had eaten Chinese food in the past on Dec. 24 or Dec. 25, but would not be doing so this year, and 27% said that is not something they do. Fifty-nine people submitted comments. A few follow.
The 614th mitzvah.
I’m delighted that this year Christmas and New Year’s Day are on Shabbat. We’ll have great Shabbat meals and walk to shul. Though I sometimes cook Chinese food, not this Shabbat. Seems kitschy.
I have a tradition of dining on Christmas Eve at a favorite Chinese restaurant in Mt. Lebanon. In an unfortunate sign of the times, the restaurant will not be open for dining-in this year due to a staff shortage. Unless takeout orders make up for the in-person diners, the restaurant will likely be forgoing a great deal of revenue as Christmas Eve is its busiest night of the year. My family will go there to pick up our dinner — not what we would have chosen to do.
One, it’s Shabbat; and two, there are no kosher Chinese restaurants here.
We always get Chinese on 12/24! It’s our family tradition!
Of course I will get Chinese food on Christmas Day. (Takeout this year.) I am a traditionalist.
I grew up noticing that my extended family routinely got together on Christmas… Very clear about our Jewish identity, I finally asked my mom about it. She explained that it was because everyone was off from work.
Do Jewish people eat anything else at Christmas?
In my opinion, along with cheap movies, this is the greatest of all Jewish Christmas traditions.
Why not! It’s like the “Fiddler on the Roof”; it’s tradition!
We used to go out to a restaurant, but this year and last year it’s been takeout at home due to you-know-what. While we usually have Chinese, sometimes we go for neighboring Asian cuisines, such as Thai or Japanese.
If not for our Chinese friends and neighbors, we would have starved to death over Christmas years ago. Chinese food and a movie is how we roll on Dec. 25. Our tribe makes the movies. The Chinese make the food. Like a charm, it works.
This year Dec. 24 is Shabbat, so traditional Shabbat dinner is in order. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick