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Despite being stuck in the hospital, George H.W. Bush still honors his Christmas tradition

Despite being stuck in the hospital, George H.W. Bush still honors his Christmas tradition

George H.W. Bush, head shot, December 2012
George H.W. Bush has been receiving treatment at Methodist Hospital in Houston since November 23.  Photo by Donna Carson/Reuters
Gigi's Asian Bistro, Dumpling Bar, chop sticks, December 2012
That didn't keep the Bush family from their annual Christmas tradition of Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar. Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar/Facebook
Joyful Toyful at Gigi's, December 2012, Gigi Huang, December 2012
Gigi Huang is known for serving Houston influentials at her Galleria-area restaurant.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
George H.W. Bush, head shot, December 2012
Gigi's Asian Bistro, Dumpling Bar, chop sticks, December 2012
Joyful Toyful at Gigi's, December 2012, Gigi Huang, December 2012

A Christmas Day trip to Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar in Houston has been a standing tradition in the George H.W. Bush household.

The former president remains at Methodist Hospital for treatment of a cough lingering from a case of bronchitis, but that didn't stop him from enjoying his beloved neighborhood Chinese cuisine. He was joined at the hospital by wife Barbara, son Neil, Neil's wife Maria and grandson Pierce. 

 The former president remains at Methodist Hospital in Houston, but his family still enjoyed their beloved neighborhood Chinese cuisine.

Methodist Hospital representatives and family spokespersons have been anticipating an imminent release since the 88-year-old was initially hospitalized the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Just last week doctors said they expected him to be discharged in time for Christmas, and while they continue to insist that his condition is stable and not life-threatening, a solid release date has not yet been set. 

"They're taking it one day at a time right now," spokesman Jim McGrath told the Houston Chronicle. "The doctors are cautiously optimistic that they have his current issues in hand. But they need to see more improvement before they start thinking about discharge."