They're a Little Confused, But They've Got The (holiday) Spirit!

Friday 23rd of December 2022

They're a Little Confused, But They've Got The (holiday) Spirit!

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We have the same tradition. Many years ago, we got back late from visiting family on Christmas Eve. We were hungry, didnt want to cook and the Chinese place down the road was open so we went there. Now, a bunch of years later, the relatives we used to visit moved but we still get Chinese food for Christmas Eve every year.

Every year we always go to Japanese or Chinese restaurants for dinner and were definitely a Christian family. We just prefer to do the fancy dinner on Christmas Eve so we can just relax on Christmas!
Our tradition is also to have sushi. We do it on Christmas eve but it started with Chinese food. It's actually a tradition I picked up from an ex who is Jewish but I never put 2 and 2 together.

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That's Jewish enough I wouldn't advise staying in Europe if it was the 40s. Congrats on your conversion.

Not jewish, but a solo traveler. So happy someone will feed me this time of year.

Same here, i grew up in Marlboro, NJ.

Is it REALLY a problem? Chinese food is delicious.

Its superb!

I mean, we're (mostly) all off work because Christian holidays are federal holidays.


Agreed. Its quite wholesome.

If it comes in an egg roll its kosher enough.

It's a fab tradition, and their heart is in the right place. I love this!

My highschool did Fiddler on the Roof as the spring musical one year, and I helped with it. Now I have that song stuck in my head again. Thanks a lot.

If you know, can you explain what dietary custom this is about?

Is there some Jewish tradition that says you have to eat Chinese on the holiday?

Follow up in case anyone is wondering: The young lady at the centre of the drama turns 18 a month from tomorrow - in fine fettle.

I would LOVE to have some biryani and a curry on Christmas. Or any day for that matter.

I know someone who books a table at their local curry house every year as their not fans of Xmas lunch.

After one year of desperately trying to find somewhere to eat on Christmas, it's become a tradition for me and my fiance to get Indian food for Christmas. It's delicious, the spices are so comforting and warming, and it's just delicious!

How's your kid?

Hope your child is doing well. CF is a nasty disease. :( Still wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Just saw an Indian buffet is gonna be open on Christmas day. Our new tradition is starting this year.

My mates dad is a fireman that works all through Christmas day. They have had takeaway indian for 15 years in a row, it's traditional at this point.

I'm visiting manchester and was worried no food would be available on Xmas days! Sounds like I should just go for indian and pakistani food then?

Meanwhile in Japan Christmas is celebrated by eating chicken fry / fast food. >If Japan doesnt celebrate with a Christmas feast, what do they eat? It is a common sight in Japan for a bucket of KFC to be the main course on Christmas Day. Every Christmas season, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to fried chicken from the American fast-food chain, in what has become a nationwide tradition. >A bucket of KFC chicken has been the go-to dinner for Japan since the 1970s, when KFC launched their Kentucky for Christmas campaign. But, its not just breasts and thighs the meals have morphed into special family meal-sized boxes filled with chicken, cake, and wine. >KFC has become such a tradition in Japan that ordering your Christmas dinner has to be done in advance. Getting the KFC special Christmas dinner often requires ordering it weeks in advance, and those who didnt will wait in line, sometimes for hours. >"In Japan, it is customary to eat chicken at Christmas," >.

Thx for the money!

Only 1/5 of Jewish people insist on kosher.

> Many Jews eat "kosher recipes" without insisting on kosher kitchens or kosher ingredients. One of my friends joked that his family was Jew-ish.. Jews who didn't follow all the diet restrictions.

Would you expect anything other than the back and forth? There's a reason the old joke goes "you ask three trees a question, you get five answers." Debate is built into our culture and our history. We could have this thread ourselves without anybody else being involved and it would still be just as long and back and forth.

If you live in an even moderately Jewish area in the US, chances are that there are at least two Asian restaurants that are full blown signed and sealed Kosher by Orthodox standards.

Yeah it's somehow extremely cute.

As someone who worked at a Chinese restaurant, Im not even sure Id say they are confused. For some reason, the restaurant was absolutely *packed* with Jewish people on Christmas. I always wondered why tbh.

We have almost *no* Jewish people out here in my city in the great plains, but Chinese restaurants and movie theaters here are still packed with people on Christmas every year. Back east is it pretty much just Jewish folks who do this?

I'm reminded of this short bit by Robert Smigel.

Neither Jews nor the Chinese really celebrate Christmas so Jewish people eat Chinese food on Christmas cause Chinese places are the only ones open.

In the USA, at least, a lot of Jews order Chinese on Christmas because most every other restaurant is closed.

People have actually written whole-ass scholarly works on this. Basically: for a long time American cities pretty much shut down on Christmas Day. Which left two of the(traditionally) largest non-Christian urban minorities in the US operating in a bit of a ghost town for 24 hours. Since Jewish people often worked in businesses who shut down for the day with nothing to do, they would gather in one of the few open places: Chinese restaurants On top of it, both immigrant groups had a surprisingly similar culture in many ways, so the bond and tradition only deepened. Even now in the US, going to see a movie and then going out for Chinese is considered the traditional Jewish Christmas. PS. As a Jew who grew in San Diego, my family went to the Zoo/Wild Animal Park for the same reason, and for the first half of the day it was almost empty except for Jewish and East/SE Asian families.


Hopefully this short documentary will explain this all perfectly.

We Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas!

Less than 20% of American Jews actually keep kosher! Give me that succulent Chinese meal.

Around here we've got vegetarian/vegan Chinese food... the stuff is so good...

I love in northeast philly & they actually built homes with 2 kitchens for the Jewish population. Theres a small Hasidic community that continues to live there.

Ive read that some people who follow kosher would not ask questions, also in modern times there are some kosher Chinese places.

Although which Rabbi you follow will dictate whether it has to be a whole Chinese food meal or if it can just be one dish, and whether it has to be on Christmas day or whether it can be on Christmas eve.

It's right there in the Torah.

Chinese food tends to be the only thing open on xmas day. I always spend xmas alone so it's my go to if I can't find anything on uber eats from a fancy restaurant to splurge.

> It's an old joke It's not a joke or meme. It's literally what thousands of jewish families in the US do on xmas day. NYC is a bit of an outlier in this regard for two reasons: It's a city that is large enough that many things are open xmas day. In smaller cities, almost everything except Chinese restaurants are closed. NYC also has a large Orthodox community (largest in US, I think) and they keep Kosher, so they'd not be going to Chinese restaurants, ever. Source: half the family is Jewish.

Its not a joke or a meme, its borne out of practicality. If youre Jewish, Christmas Day is just like any other normal day for you except almost everything is closed. You arent having a big Christmas dinner with your family (because you arent celebrating Christmas), so what else is there to do on that day? Well, movie theaters are open, so thats an option. And as far as food goes? Chinese places are often open too (and often the only places open) so thats what you do for dinner. And as such, it became a tradition if for no other reason than that was all that was available.

That's not what's funny about the post tho.

That's so heartwarming.

Yeah, I kinda assumed that was a given.

Christmas is also a big day for movie theaters.

Im assuming they mean Kosher diet. Cant eat pork or shrimp. Or it could mean that theyre just confused why Jewish people eat Chinese food on Christmas. Jewish people dont celebrate Christmas most of the time and the only places that are reliably open during Christmas are Chinese restaurants.

On Christmas, everything is closed except for Chinese restaurants and movie theaters so Jewish folks (who generally dont celebrate Christmas) have made it somewhat of a custom to go out for dinner at a Chinese restaurant and a movie.

Interesting, I did not know, why chinese food specifically? Is it just preference turned to tradition?

Wait I might have learned something. Did you say they have Chinese food in Isreal?

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