Merry Christmas

As I stood in line at Trader Joe’s yesterday, a woman asked me what I was going to do with the smoked salmon I was holding. “It’s for the traditional lox-and-bagel Christmas brunch,” I said. Doesn’t everyone eat lox and bagels on Christmas Day?

May this be a day of joy for you and your family.

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  1. Alex Bensky says:

    No, Joanne, not everybody has lox and bagels on Christmas. Some of us hold to the ancient traditions of our people and go to a Chinese restaurant.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    My daughter had a bagel but he died. Poor Darwin.

  3. Happy Holidays, Joanne!

    I thought the tradition was Dim Sum!

  4. Rod McFadden says:

    Why yes. People should have lox & bagel on Christmas. I like to add cream cheese, which — I think — makes it non-kosher, but lox is definitely Christmassy. And traditional.

    Maybe going to college in nyc has something to do with this…

    And to all a good night!
    Rod McFadden

  5. Cream cheese and lox is very kosher. You can’t mix dairy products with meat (lest you cook veal in the mother cow’s milk) but it’s OK to mix dairy and fish.

  6. I have lox (actually Scottish smoked salmon from Draeger’s) and seeded baguette (from Il Fornaio) for Christmas brunch, but it’s basically the same. It’s a tradition at our house, and we always eat so much that Christmas dinner is at 6pm so that we have a chance to get hungry again.