What DO Jews do on Christmas Day
When I was growing up, I thought this was just my extended family's tradition, but since I've grown to adulthood, I realized that almost every single Jewish family does it to, which makes it an American Jewish tradition. Cool, huh?
So what is it that we do? Well, we tend to sleep late, get up and have a nice big brunchy-type breakfast. In our family it's bagels, cream cheese and lox. We lounge around and read the paper until it's time to go to the movies. Yes, WE are the people that go to the blockbuster movies on Christmas day. You've always wondered who those people are, huh? It's the Jews!
In my little family we spend weeks discussing what our Christmas movie is going to be. My kids are rallying hard this year for National Treasure 2, which we'll probably end up seeing despite my longing to see either Atonement or The Kite Runner. National Treasure is the perfect Christmas movie, with lots of action and adventure and you don't have to think too hard!
Then after the movie, we go to restaurant and eat copious amounts of Chinese food. Why? Because those are the only restaurants that are open, and we have no interest in cooking on Christmas, so tradition says, go out for Chinese.
In our city, where more than half of the population is Jewish (that would be about 40K Jewish people) the Chinese restaurants are packed to the gills. Without reservations in some restaurants, the wait can be up to 2 hours. Every table is packed with kids home from college, families back from the movies, and extended families of several generations. It's a jolly atmosphere, people waving across the restaurant at their friends and shouting hello to their neighbors. The Kosher Chinese restaurant, which is blocks from our house, is so packed that reservations have to be made days ahead of time.
Did you even know there were Kosher Chinese restaurants in Boston? There are!
So that's what we do. It's always a good day, one the kids look forward to all year. It totally works for us! Stumble It! JBlog Me