Christmas isn't only about the 'Grandma's house' tradition - WNEM TV 5

Christmas isn't only about the 'Grandma's house' tradition for some

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BIRCH RUN, MI (WNEM) -

On Christmas everything looks a little deserted. Malls are quiet, restaurants are closed and the only traffic you see are cars filled with families presumably heading over to other family for the festivities.

However, once the celebrations end, some people get a little stir-crazy. Some say there's nothing better than grabbing a big bag of buttery popcorn and watching a newly-released blockbuster.

"I'm out here with the family enjoying the holiday. Blessed to see another one," said Davares Brown, who was at the movies with his family.

"It's just a family tradition. You eat a holiday meal and go to a movie," said Michael Aplin.

Cinema Hollywood in Birch Run saw more than 1,000 people line up to catch a flick.

"It's one of our busiest days of the year, surprisingly enough, we always get new movies today and everyone just comes in after they have their dinners and open their presents," said Randi Sopczynski, the supervisor at the cinemas.

Some brought their youngsters out to the movies on Christmas. Others just sat back and relaxed with their significant other.

"Just, something we decided to do, we didn't have none of the kids home," said Greg Rush.

And after the movies, some had plans that continued the night.

"Lots of times you go eat Chinese food after that," said Aplin.

Chinese restaurants are a handful of places that light up their open signs on Christmas night.

"This is our traditional Christmas dinner. We kind of skipped out," said Mike Risch, laughing.

But they said it's a good way to get out and do something and of course fill their stomachs.

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