Countdown To Christmas: Chinese on Christmas Eve?

Is there Chinese Food in your future?

Is there Chinese Food in your future for Christmas Eve?

Santa Claus is coming down the chimney tomorrow night and  a whole lot of Cape Codders will be headed for the nearest Chinese restaurant. wanted to find out how locals celebrate Christmas Eve, so we hit the road to interview last-minute shoppers on Main Street in Hyannis — and a lot of them told us they’d be curled up by the fire with a big bowl of Egg Foo Young!

“We’ve been getting Chinese food for the past couple years on Christmas eve,” said Centerville resident Emily Abraham, “so I guess you could call that our new tradition, although we never really did anything before that.”

Emily’s not alone. Just last year my family decided to try going the Chinese Food route and when we walked into Tiki Port, it was apparent that Christmas Eve is one of their busiest nights of the year.

What is it about the Night Before Christmas that screams moo goo gai pan? Most likely it’s the idea that cooking a big meal on Christmas Eve, then doing it all over again on Christmas day, is just too exhausting. Santa himself probably orders takeout!

But not everyone will be standing in line at the Dynasty Buffet tomorrow night. A lot of Cape Codders will be taking a more religious approach to Christmas Eve.KA_Hyannis_Homeless Memorial 2015_Church_12211520

Colorado native, Kathy Corbiere, who was on the Cape for the holidays, said her family and the relatives they are visiting go to church every Christmas Eve.

“I think it’s important to remember what Christmas is all about,” she said. “The week of Christmas we all get so wrapped up in our shopping and travel plans that we forget what it’s really about. So every Christmas Eve we go to church to remind ourselves it isn’t all about the food or gifts. It’s about a man who made an incredible sacrifice for us.”
So no matter how you celebrate tomorrow night, it’s important to remember the real meaning of Christmas: Be thankful for all that you have, cherish your family, remember the sacrifices others make for us — and pass the egg rolls.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at!

– By Kaitlyn Holzworth

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