From what I’ve gathered on the internets, the Armenian version of Santa Claus is called Gaghant Baba (“Papa New Year”) or Dzmer Papik (“Grandpa Winter”), and he brings gifts to the little children on New Year’s, not Christmas.
Nevertheless, let me wish my Armenian neighbors all the joys of the season... with a gift of funk (below).
UPDATE 01/06/09: I just drove by Mignon Chocolate, and the joint was open! And everything else in the strip mall was open too... the market, the video-rental place. What’s up with that?
I went into Mignon and said to the guy behind the counter: “I thought you’d be closed for Armenian Christmas.”
He said: “No, we’re open.”
I asked him: “This is Armenian Christmas, right?”
He said: “Yeah, this is the day.”
I asked if they were open for the other Christmas. He said yes, but it was a short day.
So... I should not have assumed that an Armenian neighborhood would shut down for Armenian Christmas. Even though this is supposed to be a big family feast day.
(I wonder what the Baby Jesus thinks about this.)