Quiet Christmas

When I tell people that I’m not doing anything for Christmas because I don’t celebrate it, a lot of people will ask me why I don’t do something anyway, why I don’t take the time off to spend my family even though I don’t celebrate the holiday.  And the answer simply is because they live far away.  Jason’s family lives closer – about two hours – but he didn’t have the day off so we celebrated with them last weekend.  I mean, sometimes I go visit my family.  I think I went to DC last Christmas, in fact.  For a while, I thought about going to visit my father and stepmother in Florida (my stepmom does celebrate) but Jason’s schedule didn’t allow it and I didn’t want to go without him.  Anyway, that was a very long-winded way of saying that I had a very quiet Christmas.  I also used the word “celebrate” way too many times.

I decided, however, that I needed to make a nice Christmas breakfast.  Nice Christmas breakfast = egg scramble.  Special because there is a potato in there.  It’s the little things, right?

Egg scramble

Egg Scramble
Serves 1


1/2 small russet potato, diced
1/2 small green pepper, diced
1/4 tomato, diced
1/2 cup egg beaters
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Coat a pan with cooking spray and cook potato for about 10 minutes on medium, until soft.  
2.  Add diced pepper, and cook an additional 5 minutes or so.
3.  Add tomatoes and spices and mix.
4.  Add egg beaters and cook until done, about 2-3 minutes

I should always put a potato in my eggs.  After eating and hanging out with Jason for a while, I decided to give Murphy a Christmas present and take him for a run with me.  Really, I wasn’t intending to but he saw me getting ready and demanded to come.  Let me tell you, my dog is my best buddy, but he’s not my best running buddy.  I don’t know if it’s because he’s a boy, but he has to stop and sniff everything.  And when I say stop, I mean fully brace his legs so he cannot be moved.  This happened approximately 2700 times on our two mile run.

Lee murphy

Someone is camera shy.

I might have taken a Christmas nap before indulging in a traditional meal.

Chinese food

Totally serious.  I have had Chinese food every year on Christmas like forever.  We went the healthy route this year and got the majority of our entrees steamed.

Chinese food2

We split a veggie and tofu soup.

Tofu veggie soup

And two entrees – steamed shrimp with veggies and steamed tofu with veggies.  I requested white sauce on the side instead of the normal brown that comes with it.  I like it better.  Don’t tell me there’s chicken broth in it.  Ignorance is bliss.

Steamed chinese food

Add a little rice and you have a nice Christmas dinner.  Hope you had a Merry Christmas if you celebrate or a Merry Tuesday if you don’t.

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11 Responses to Quiet Christmas

  1. Sounds like a nice, relaxing day. I know how you feel running with Murphy. Moose is the same way and it drives me crazy.

  2. i’m a kind of jealous of your non-celebration. is that bad?

  3. I like the idea of a good workout and Chinese food on Christmas. I vote you ask if people had a nice Hannukah and then ask them why they don’t take off and do something anyway. But I’m snarky and rude like that.

  4. We’ve always done the Chinese food and a movie thing, and I love it. I like having my own little traditions on a day when not much is open (plus, the movie theaters are usually quieter, which I prefer).

    It gets tiring when people ask why I don’t celebrate, and I’m surprised by how many people don’t remember that there are lots of other holidays and traditions out there.

    • I live in an area with a decently sized Jewish population, so people aren’t surprised that I don’t celebrate, but I get a lot of, “Why don’t you just celebrate anyway. I’m not religious, but I celebrate.” and it’s very hard to explain how it’s different.

  5. Quiet Christmas sounds perfect– and we often get Chinese food on Christmas night as well! We didn’t do it this year…and I kind of missed it!

  6. Ugh the ‘why don’t you celebrate’ question must get old fast. It would drive me bonkers! I’m glad you had a nice relaxing day, sounds fab to me!

  7. I love steamed chinese food! It is actually so tasty, isn’t it? Glad you had a good quiet day! Love that pic of you with Murph!

  8. Sounds like a perfect day to me! I’m so glad you enjoyed the day even if you didn’t “celebrate”!

  9. I totally had Chinese on Christmas this year too. I spent the whole day traveling home and had no food!

  10. We spent Christmas night alone in our hotel due to weather and I really wanted to order Chinese, but we couldn’t find one that would deliver to us. It was a bummer.

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