Yes, Virginia, you can have a Christmas meal served to you

What’s a poor holiday orphan to do on Christmas Day?

Some people — nurses, 7-11 clerks and newspaper editors — are either working a shift on Christmas or can’t get enough time off to go home for the holidays.

Or, maybe they didn’t get an invitation to Aunt Martha’s, or, they just don’t want to cook.

My husband used to spend every Christmas with a klatch of orphans when he lived in Virginia. They called themselves the “misfits, losers and nonbelievers” and spent the day skiing and later had a merry old time over a Chinese dinner.

Whatever the case, if you want somewhere to celebrate at Christmas, and want somebody to wait on you, here are some options:

On Christmas Eve, Holiday Inn & Suites has a storytelling hour from 7–8 p.m. Kids eat free when mom and dad order from the menu.

After dinner, the whole family can snuggle up by the giant fireplace, drink cocoa and listen to “The Night Before Christmas.”

Also on the eve, the chef at 626 on Rood is whipping up several special offerings. He would only say that they involve something from the sea. Last seating is at 8 p.m.

On Christmas Day, Bistro 743 at the DoubleTree Hotel is serving an expansive Christmas brunch in the grand ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $30 a person.

I’ll break it down by station: Salads and soups, including Caeser salad and butternut squash soup; cheeses and smoked salmon at the appetizer station; ham, lamb and prime rib at the carving station; shrimp and talapia at the seafood station; cooked-to-order omelets and crepes at the breakfast station; three choices at the pasta station; and to top it off, pies, cakes, cheesecake and petit fours.

Naggy McGee’s in having a traditional ham dinner after 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. They also will have some of their regular menu items, such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. In the dessert category, there will be bread pudding and cupcakes.

Seafood awaits you at Dragon Wall Chinese Buffet. Besides the regular offerings, the cooks are going heavy on oysters, fish, crab legs and crawfish.

The Teahouse & Chinese Restaurant in Grand Junction: If you plan ahead and don’t shoot your eye out with a Red Ryder BB gun, you can re-enact the last scene of “A Christmas Story” at the tea house. They’ll prepare for you Peking duck, if given five days notice.

If you do have an accident with a BB gun, the people actually working on Christmas Day will bring you a nice little tray of food with cubes of green Jell-O at the hospital.

This is by no means a complete list, but here are some other spots that will be open on the holiday, serving a regular menu:

China Jade.

Zen Garden.

Thai Chili.

Hong’s Garden in Parachute.

EC’s Asian Station.

Grand International Buffet, 150 items on buffett include Chinese, American, Japanese and Mongolian.

I couldn’t find any sports bars that plan to be open on Christmas Day, but I’ll let you know next week if I hear of any. Matchup is Dallas vs. Arizona.

STOCKING STUFFER: Starvin Arvin’s in Clifton sells a small flour sack of their sausage gravy mix for $5. A gift basket for $21 includes jam, Dad’s Hot Sauce, Epicurean honey, pancake mix and Pear Blossom Farm jelly and jam.

QUOTE: “Over the years, I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. My personal preference was for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor — heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Lifebuoy, on the other hand ...” — Ralphie, from “A Christmas Story,” reflecting on the many occasions he had his mouth washed out with soap.

Send tips and ideas to tess.furey@gj


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