Christmas Eve Tradition: Chinese Takeout

Sounds random, doesn’t it? It all began years ago when my sister and I were home at my mom’s house for Christmas.  For whatever reason, we found ourselves starving and exhausted late on Christmas Eve.  Because absolutely nothing else was open, my mom suggested that we order Chinese food from her usual spot up the street and at that moment, nothing sounded better to us than their signature Honey Chicken.  A tradition was born!

I completely embrace it because, really, who wants to be cooking up a storm on Christmas Eve? There are presents to wrap, candlelight services to attend, guests to welcome and eggnog to drink.  Ordering dinner means one less item on your already unwieldy To-Do List.  And because it’s become a tradition, it’s fun for everyone and just feels good.

Here’s to noshing on Shrimp Fried Rice, Lobster with Ginger, and Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil and General Tso’s Chicken while we bake cookies for Santa.

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10 Responses to “Christmas Eve Tradition: Chinese Takeout”

  1. Believe it or not I actually enjoy cooking with the fam on Christmas Eve. It just adds to our bonding time and somehow we always end up having a blast. However, I’ve been reading alot about other families who have these traditions of eating non-traditional food and I would love to give it a try next year.

  2. I love the idea. My mother always makes a pan of lasagna the weekend before Xmas and freezes it for Xmas eve. I agree – prepping a meal for that moment is the LAST thing that I want to be doing.

  3. I love random family traditions like that. It reminds me about how my family always orders pizza on Easter Sunday lol. It’s so unusual but it’s our personal thing. It’s much easier not cooking anyway! We have a large family and cooking gets a bit messy haha.

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