12.25.2006

unchristmas

Happy Christmas to wmtc readers who celebrate it, and an extra happy un-christmas to those who don't.

We both work this extended weekend and next, but with greatly reduced hours. We move next Tuesday, Jan 2, so the extra time off is great timing. And this paid time off - what a concept! It almost makes up for having a day-job. Almost.

Today we're having our newly traditional Mississauga un-christmas: dim sum. Can two years in a row be called a tradition? Why not!

A typical New York City Jewish Christmas means Chinese food and the movies. The whole Jewish population of the city - sizeable, as you know - goes out for Chinese food, and everyone of any background who's had enough of their family goes out to the movies. The city's gazillion Chinese restaurants are packed, along with every movie theatre. On our last Christmas in New York, we pulled out all the stops.

Last year, our first in Canada, we ventured to a dim sum restaurant recommended by then-new reader - and now our friend - M@. We were thrilled to find the place rocking, just like New York. Unlike New York, we were one of the few non-Asian people there.

The Star recently ran a little piece (which I can't find online) highlighting what non-Christians in the GTA do on Christmas Day. There were Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, one Jew - and no atheists. The Jewish woman said she was doing what most of Toronto's Jewish population does - having Chinese food and renting movies. I felt right at home.

16 comments:

MattinTO said...

Yep, you got it. We're off to see Dreamgirls and then a little noshing at Bright Pearl. I'm told it's great. Probably not like Peking Duck House in Chinatown South, but who knows. May even be better. :)

L-girl said...

Sounds perfect. Enjoy!

I have a Blogger-to-WordPress question - I'll email you today or tomorrow.

Nigel Patel said...

I do a Holiday half&half,
Go to people's houses eat their food and exchange gifts (It's only one-way this year) and then go to my home which hasn't been decorated since 1993 and go out and catch a movie. This year tomorrow it will be Dreamgirls.

Masnick96 said...

We usually go see a movie and then have a Chinese dinner somewhere :-)

L-girl said...

NP, I'm glad you're getting out among friends. :)

Enjoy, all!

David Cho said...

That is so funny to me.

The original Christmas involved a bunch of Jewish people and the Three Wise men (well, 2 years later) one of whom could have been Chinese since they were from the East.

Maybe they cooked Chinese food for Jesus' Mom and Dad, so if that was the case, you are celebrating Christmas exactly the way it was.

David Cho said...

Unlike New York, we were one of the few non-Asian people there.

Then where do Asian people in NY go for dinner?

I have a policy of judging Chinese restaurants by the demographic make up of their clientele. It's just the way it is. Would you eat at an Italian restaurant packed with Chinese people?

The other day, my nephews dragged me to this "Chinese" restaurant they were raving about. Not only was the clientele all Anglo, but a blonde waitress approached the table. She was very nice. I think I saw one Asian waitress but she had that typical Valley Girl accent (which rubs me the wrong way beyond measure).

They might as well have called their Kung Pau Chicken dish a Michelin tire special.

Merry UnChristmas.

L-girl said...

you are celebrating Christmas exactly the way it was.

Perhaps, but without any Jesus.

L-girl said...

Then where do Asian people in NY go for dinner?

Anywhere they want. But on Christmas, they're probably home with their families. Or maybe at one of the local Chinatowns in Brooklyn or Queens.

We also usually eat Chinese food where other Chinese people go. But that's where that theory ends. You don't look for French, Italian or Thai people when you eat those foods. Well, I don't.

M@ said...

As it happens, we went to Mississauga for dim sum this morning as well. You weren't at Sun Sun, were you? There were 16 of us and I doubt we got more than 20 dishes -- we would have had more but absolutely nothing more was coming out! We were a little annoyed, yes. Hope your dim sum was better.

Anyhow, to carry on the theme, we're making Chinese food (shrimp with lobster sauce, steamed beef, and rice) for our "traditional" Xmas dinner. Woot!

I'm lobbying to go to the casino tonight -- another atheist possibility that we've exercised in the past.

(Scout and Bean are loving the cookies, btw -- thank you again!)

Anyhow, seasonal platitudes to all, and to all a good night.

David Cho said...

Perhaps, but without any Jesus.

I like how you celebrate unChristmas more than how most do. All that heavy commercialism and materialism, etc. It's sick.

L-girl said...

As it happens, we went to Mississauga for dim sum this morning as well. You weren't at Sun Sun, were you? There were 16 of us and I doubt we got more than 20 dishes -- we would have had more but absolutely nothing more was coming out! We were a little annoyed, yes. Hope your dim sum was better.

Damn! That stinks. We went to Emerald, got there earlier than we normally would, about 10:00, ate a lot, and left very happy. It's 4:30 and I'm still full... :)

Anyhow, to carry on the theme, we're making Chinese food (shrimp with lobster sauce, steamed beef, and rice) for our "traditional" Xmas dinner. Woot!

Ooo, yummm... Maybe I'm not as full as I thought, because that sound really good.

I'm lobbying to go to the casino tonight -- another atheist possibility that we've exercised in the past.

I noticed when we drove out to your place there was a casino nearby. That might be a fun unchristmasy thing to do.

seasonal platitudes to all

I like this. :)

You're welcome and enjoy. We loved meeting Scout and Bean and hope to see them again!

L-girl said...

I like how you celebrate unChristmas more than how most do. All that heavy commercialism and materialism, etc. It's sick.

Oh man, I feel the same way, and I'm not even Xian. If I were, it would disgust me even more.

It's a little more low-key here in Canada, which I appreciate - but it's still buy, buy, buy, everything you never needed. Empty consumer culture at its finest.

I just read something about this - how the commercialization of Xmas has been going on much longer than most people realize. I'll find it and post it tomorrow.

So David, what do you do on Christmas? Do you "reclaim" the day from commercialism for yourself?

David Cho said...

I give gifts to my nephews, but nobody else other than my clients which I do out of duty.

There is nothing Christian about Christmas. There is no command from Christ to celebrate his birthday, and plus historically, it is as inaccuratel as it can be.

Christ was born around 6 BC, and probably around March or April, not September. At least Easter is historically based, but the historiciy of Christmas is completely baseless.

So there is nothing really here to "reclaim." This is actually one of the few things that I agree with the JW's on. Alan can tell you.

L-girl said...

There is nothing Christian about Christmas.

So I've heard.

This is actually one of the few things that I agree with the JW's on. Alan can tell you.

That's where I've heard. :)

But to my knowledge, many Christian sects legitimately celebrate Christmas. I wouldn't want to call Catholics "un-Christian" for celebrating the holiday.

If you stripped away all the commercial crap, and it was a purely religious holiday, it would be legitimate for a lot of people. Not you, and not me, but somebody.

L-girl said...

Re historical accuracy, many of us don't believe in the historical accuracy of anything bible-related, but view it as a set of mythologies. For us, the "historicity" of Easter, Christmas or Passover is all zero.

In my view what makes a holiday legitimate isn't history. It's what a group of people decides is right for them.