The idea has been around for quite a while, but the Chinese food aspect went mainstream after Bob Clark and Jean Sheperd's A Christmas Story, which you've already seen, but will again and again when it's on TNT for 24 hours. Remember the scene at Chop Suey Palace. Fa rah...rah rah rah...rah rah rah rah... Unless of course, you'd actually like to leave the house.
Unlike the part in the movie, your family won't be the only ones dining at SLC's open-on-Christmas Chinese restaurants. The ones that are open actually get pretty decent business, and even more people hit the theaters with so many great movies playing. So, take a cue from Utah's non-Christian communities.
Here is SLmag's list of where to eat Chinese and what movies to see this year. Keep the tradition alive!
Hong Kong Tea House and Restaurant 565 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-531-7010, click here for more info
Jasmine China Bistro and Sushi Bar 4810 S. Highland Circle, Holladay, 801-278-6688
NOTE: We mentioned in the magazine that Asian Star is open on Christmas, when in fact, it is not!
What to see at the theater this Christmas:
A US Marshal (Jeff Bridges) makes it his mission to help a 14-year old farm girl track down her father's killer.
Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is a writer who is on assignment to Bermuda, but goes off course to the island of Liliput, where he's a giant.
Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) go through even more hilarious drama in the series' third installment.