Serving up the non-traditional at China Hut is one of their biggest traditions of the year.
"It's extra special because we get to see a lot of customers that we normally don't get to see during the normal course of the year and the families get together," says Dan Kou.
This is Jerald Foster's fifth Christmas celebrating with friends and family at the Medford Chinese restaurant. He says a lot of fried rice and less time in the kitchen means a more enjoyable holiday.
"It's easier for us to do it this way we had our twins so i dont cook anymore and its just alot so we have family and friends that come out and have a good time eat and go home no clean up no nothing."
It's order after order for Dan Kou who's been China Hut for four decades. He says this holiday season has been a banner year.
"We were swamped yesterday because when families get together they need the time to just enjoy each other rather then just spend it in the kitchen so they go out to eat."
Medford City Councilman and former NBC 5 News Anchor can agree with that. He says he's ordered take-out from China Hut for the last ten years.
"A Christmas Story is my all time favorite movie so on Christmas it's kind of tradition we gotta have duck just like in A Christmas Story because the dogs eat the turkey and they go out to a Chinese restaurant and they have duck."
a Chinese Christmas tradition for families who say there's just something about turning this kitchen into *theirs once a year.
"They're basically open everyday of the year and extremely hard working folks and wonderful food so as long as you've got good food good service you keep coming back," says Corcoran.