Well in so far as traditions are concerned, I’ve seen quite a few in gratitude of the experiences overall for past years accomplished, on the holidays, particularly Christmas.
I commented on my Facebook page today (12/07/2019) that I have been unaware that Chinese or Asian service (food I mean) at Christmas is by and large an alternative holiday tradition from Hanukkah. I’m more than basically Christian, but since I enjoy studying theological topics a great deal and this has been all my life — I pursue this activity almost like a regular hobby, to find books on religious thoughts and read and study them — many people believe I am Jewish. It doesn’t have much meaning to me that that might seem true, except that I don’t seem to be able to convince practicing Jews who know me that that is true. So I consider myself overall Christian.
For that matter, my Christian traditions, being in origin Roman Catholic, from Rome particularly — have been challenged enough over the years from personal experiences in diversity of standard traditions that I no longer can enjoy a single tradition at any holiday that I have known per se to have been beautiful and true before.
This is such a sad story to hear, I guess, that I only really tell it on my Facebook page or in having to decline regular holiday invitations. I just can’t pretend that I can participate in anything of any kind of traditions of any faith. (It’s an allergy issue that never ends.) Even my family has to wonder about me; I sort of feel sorry for myself around Christmas time, but I like to forge on. (Besides this simple point, there’s simply not much more to it, so I have no need to elaborate to be better understood.)
So let’s go on. I usually confess then that I enjoy Asian food throughout the year more than anything else. My tradition with Italian food has gone a little bit out of practice and so it’s weak; and besides fast food, which I do love (think I mentioned that vehemently on this blog before in complaint of recent fast food industry changes, yes I did), I don’t have a lot of other original backbone. Of course, it’s everyone’s ability to make a good tradition from reading about it. Which is also something I have done.
I’m hoping that Asian food will see me through the rest of my lifetime. So far, I haven’t had too many problems with it over the holidays.
For the most part, people get rather disappointed to learn that I suffer my holidays happily this way and that I never make a point of saying anything because I like to harp on whatever are the more important and regularly well-known traditions to everyone. I do; I think that’s a wonderful way to live if you can, so I like to promote it. (Except if it’s something that isn’t happening to be an ability for someone, like myself, for whatever reason.)
So rather than disappoint everyone again this year; my Facebook page is used to this by now — I thought I would simply state it, however roughly and without good polish that would be, like I’ve done — and since also I’m told I’ve put on too many holiday recipes for the year’s end already — and since also, I don’t have any real Christmas recipes to post yet from my steady flow of information from email subscriptions — I thought to research Asian Christmas service/dinner/meals for my blog here.
We usually do the restaurant take-away/carry-out situation for this exercise and I’m not the only one who goes along with the plan. It’s usually some sort of a unified front; but I insist that no one avoids the regular table spread, since, it’s a sad day after and days after to realize that you missed those special things that are laid out there for everyone when you really didn’t mean to. So I refuse followers without remission from the table of the origin of traditions in the first place.
So this is the long way of explaining why I will be featuring Chinese food and Asian food and recipes of both throughout the month of December this year into January after New Year’s.
Thank you for reading and please do not let me influence anyone to change their mind about regular traditions. I’ve tried that in my former experiences and it wasn’t any good and it was just a sad emptiness; but I’d like still for anyone to understand how otherwise fulfilling it is for someone like myself to have something to look forward to when otherwise, I would have to eat my pudding and my mashed potatoes in silence over a thin veal steak if I am lucky with the same boiled broccoli I have all year long and how that no one used any special holiday spices on them or whispered the words holiday over the plating, because I would surely regret my sitting at table.
All the best!
Here we go … from China with love!