Christmastime for a Jew

Wherein I go for Chinese food and a movie but end up at temple for vodkas and latkas.

I’ve mentioned in this column before that I’ve worked every Christmas Eve and Christmas for my entire working life. It must have started while I was pumping gas during college, through guerilla television world, then for all the ensuing decades in TV news. News never sleeps, I always said, and it pays overtime on Christmas. 

Little did I know, when I was chowing down on Cantonese catering on those nights in the newsroom, that I was honoring the faith of my people. This Christmas, I planned to intentionally observe the traditional Jewish ritual by going for Chinese food and a movie. According to Christmastime for the Jews, the streets would be teeming with Members of the Tribe.

 Only thing is, I’m not sure I got the right night…

Richard Core December 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thanks for bringing back this video. It's on its way to becoming a Christmas classic. But Linda, would it have hurt to order something other than the shrimp? :-) ... Hope you have a great Christmas. May you find a restaurant with a shorter wait and a movie with a happy ending.
Linda Rubin December 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I returned to Green Apple Bistro for Christmas Eve this year and was delighted to see Wendy still there. She and the restaurant's owner remembered me from this story and noted that i "came back a day early this year." The wait was short and the food was scrumptious.
Eva Yelloz December 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM
This was better than "Jay Walking" (Jay Leno's occasional street visits) - but Linda, I do relate to Richard Core's remark about ordering shrimp. Although only a small percent of Jews are 100% kosher, many stick to the basics of no shell fish or pork. I do recall the crowded atmosphere outside my local Bronx, NY "Kanton Kitchen" as I peeked in the window and saw many patrons I recalled from Yom Kippur services in synagogue (Yeah, we're all hypocrites.) So, for sure eating at Chinese restaurants, on Erev Xmas or Xmas day is some sort of phenomenon. Like my mother used to say, "Only in America!"
Richard Core December 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I was kidding about the shrimp ... trying to write in my best Jewish mother voice.
Eva Yelloz December 26, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Richard - your Jewish mother's voice "sounded" so authentic. Who'd know you were kidding? The problem with me is, I AM A JEWISH MOTHER!!!


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