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It can be kind of eerie walking around in San Francisco on Christmas with so many people away from The…

By the time you read this, I will already be gone. I’ll probably be puttering around my parents’ place in San Diego, fantasizing about the Lobster in Special Sauce that I’ll be having at Phuong Trang later tonight. We’re California Jews, so we’ve long since eschewed our peoples’ traditional Christmas Eve cuisine (Chinese food) and instead opted for Vietnamese. We like to challenge the status quo like that.

While I’m not originally from San Francisco, I made this place my home more than 13 years ago. And being Jewish means it’s not nearly as big a deal for me to visit my family for Christmas as it is for other people. So I’ve spent a number of Christmases here in town. Over the years, I’ve found myself doing a variety of things on Dec. 24 and 25, from volunteering at St. Anthony’s to hosting a Jewish Christmas Party at The Make-Out Room. The thing I’ve come to love about San Francisco on Christmas is how empty it is.

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