Is Chinese food on Christmas really a Jewish tradition?? Well, of course it is, just a pretty new one, born in America in the mid-20th century when ethnic food meant Italian or Cantonese. (For some reason, all the Cantonese restaurants had neon signs outside that said “cocktails.”) Jews didn’t have anything particular to do on Christmas, and Chinese were mostly not Christian, so their restaurants were open – and not crowded. A match made in heaven!
Just another example of how Jewish life expands to take in the best of what it is exposed to, and how our culture changes and grows in every generation.