Yes, it’s a cultural stereotype, and yes it’s true: Jews do spend Christmas Day going to Chinese restaurants and to the movies.
Most of the area Chinese restaurants — including our favorite, Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove — are open on Christmas Day. But I advise Members of the Tribe to kick it up a notch and go for all-you-can-eat-sushi at Mikado 23 near Willowbrook Mall. AMC Loews Wayne is practically next door and showing Descendants, Sherlock Holmes, Dragon Tattoo, Tintin and more.
Jewish families with young kids might want to check out the WinterFest carnival at the West Orange JCC from 10 to 1 on Christmas Day. $18 per kid; adults and babies are free.
Or you can reverse the tradition of the “Shabbos goy” and go volunteer in a local hospital to allow more Christians to enjoy their Christmas. Ner Tamid is rounding up volunteers to help out at Clara Maass and St. Joseph’s. More info here.
If you’re feeling super creative, make your own fortune cookies and then get a bunch of Jewish friends together to stage a reading of the comments on Dorothy Rogers’s Solstice Tree post. Please make sure to send us a video if you do.
Chag Sameach to each and every one!