Back when my wife and I were first married and we lived in Denver, we had a funny Christmas tradition. We would invite our best friends over to prepare an elaborate Christmas Eve dinner that lasted into the early hours. They then spent the night. The next day we exchanged presents, went for a long walk and then had an early dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant. We’d feast on roast duck, enormous steamed Pacific oysters in black bean sauce and salt-and-pepper pork chops. This practice lasted for several years — even after the birth of our first daughter, who always looked forward to her Christmas dumplings.
We were a pretty ethnically mixed group — Christian, Jewish and Japanese — so our dining choice make sense in context. We all had a nostalgia-tenderized spot for good Chinese food.
Do you like to go out for Christmas dinner? And, if so, do you ever go to Chinese restaurants?