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.