Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant Or McDonald’s?


This time of year, for those who do not celebrate Christmas, and those who do not have family to celebrate Christmas with, there’s always the question of where you can go to eat on Christmas day, and traditionally that answer has been Chinese restaurants, many of which remain open for the Christmas holiday.

Even my own family has gone to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas, when we didn’t want to have to cook a large meal for just our immediate family, when the extended family wasn’t able to make it to our Christmas gathering. But this year there’s another option, and that’s McDonald’s. It started with Thanksgiving, when McDonald’s encouraged franchisees to remain open for that holiday, and with the success of Thanksgiving which helped McDonald’s to a 2.5% sales growth in November, McDonald’s is now encouraging their franchisees to remain open for Christmas. Personally I couldn’t see myself or my family spending Christmas at McDonald’s, but Chinese restaurants still hold some allure as the alternate family gathering location.

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About Tim

I'm a Chinese/Taiwanese-American, born in Taiwan, raised on Long Island, went to college in Philadelphia, tried Wall Street and then moved to the California Bay Area to work in high tech in 1990. I'm a recent dad and husband. Other adjectives that describe me include: son, brother, geek, DIYer, manager, teacher, tinkerer, amateur horologist, gay, and occasional couch potato. I write for about 5 different blogs including 8Asians. When not doing anything else, I like to challenge people's preconceived notions of who I should be.
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