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Which is the better Christmas tradition: Chinese food or going to the movies?

As most stores close their doors on Dec. 25, those who don't celebrate Christmas are left with few options for entertainment and food. Two such options stand out among the rest: going to the movies and eating Chinese food. Searches for Chinese food spike every year at Christmas, and many people say they look forward to this as a favorite—and delicious—“Christmas” tradition. Others love spending the day at the theater, choosing popcorn over fortune cookies. Which is your favorite?

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Chinese food has becomes a ritual for those not celebrating Christmas, and according to CityLab, it's one that's existed since the 1930s. Claire Tran and Nichole Javorsky report:

The tradition has its roots in religion, of course, but also in immigration patterns. At the beginning of the 20th century, Jewish people were one of the largest non-Christian immigrant groups in the United States, as were Chinese people. That meant there were new populations that, by and large, didn’t see December 25th as a holiday. While most other shops and restaurants in U.S. cities closed their doors for a day, many Jewish and Chinese immigrants found something of a shared experience.

Chinese cuisine is a Christmas tradition in its own right, and one shared among many. 

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Meanwhile, going to the movies has also become a favored Christmas tradition. Whether your celebrate Christmas or not, going to the movie theater is a great way to spend time with friends or family and to eat up hours of the day.

When asked on Reddit "How many people actually go to the movie theatre on Christmas day?" one user responded:

I work at a theater and it's one of the busiest days of the year. Studios tend to put out their Oscar-contending movies during this time as well as a few family movies for mass appeal.

Another added:

Jew here, it's practically a religious ritual to order Chinese food and see a movie on Christmas. I identify with that nearly as much as Passover seder.
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Even Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan acknowledges the beloved Chinese food tradition. As the Atlantic's Adam Chandler puts it:

If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s 2010 confirmation hearing.
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Going to the movies is the perfect low-key activity that still keeps the family together and enjoying one another's company. Let's be honest, after the presents have been opened and the hot chocolate has been sipped, you have the whole day ahead of you to do...what? If you don't have relatives or friends coming over, there isn't much to do other than watch "A Christmas Story" on repeat. Your time is much better spent watching the next Oscar-nom in the theater.

According to KFDA of Amarillio, Texas:

According to the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO–but not that one), Thanksgiving is historically the busiest day of the year for movie theaters–and Christmas is a close second. And the days immediately following Christmas don't let up much.
For some people, like local grandmother Linell Carter, it's a yearly tradition that the whole family can enjoy.
'Usually there's special movies they have at Christmastime,' said Carter, 'so we just like to come and watch one together. It's kind of a good family time thing to do.'
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