The pink bunny suit. A tongue stuck to a pole. The infamous leg lamp. The 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story is almost entirely comprised of iconic imagery that sears itself into the minds of everyone who watches the film. 

Although these scenes remain in the collective memory for their humor and nostalgic charm, there is one moment from the film that most closely reflects reality. This is the scene when the Parker family is forced to eat out at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas because a pack of dogs broke into their house and ate the Christmas turkey.

Jump to 2014, and CNN Business reports that Google searches for Chinese food peak on Christmas. This even applies to the Columbia-Jefferson City area, as Google Trends shows that, in 2017, there were zero google searches for "Chinese restaurant" on Dec. 24 and 100 on Dec. 25. It is even tradition for some Jewish-American families to eat Chinese on Christmas. 

Chinese food is no stranger to Columbia. As Vox recently reported, a plethora of new Asian restaurants opened here within the last year alone. So, in service to those who eat Chinese on Christmas − either out of poor planning or tradition − we've compiled a list of Chinese food restaurants in Columbia open on Christmas (of course, other restaurants are open as well. A list can be found here).

  1. China Chef
    Noon to 9 p.m.
    6480, 27 Conley Rd. # 106
  2. China Garden
    11 a.m to 10:30 p.m
    3420 Clark Ln.
  3. China Moon
    Noon to 9 p.m.
    3890 Rangeline St.
  4. China Star
    10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    3301 W Broadway Business Park Ct.
  5. Loon Sheng
    10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m
    2716 Paris Rd.
  6. Szechuan House
    11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    22 N 9th St.
  7. Taste Place (HeCheng)
    11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    215 N Stadium Blvd.
  8. Teppanyakki Grill & Supreme Buffet
    11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    908 Interstate 70 Dr. SW

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