Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy Armenian Christmas!

Yes, today is Christmas Day for worldwide followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Which means I can forget about strolling to Mignon Chocolate for a 12-ounce latte. Most of the merchants in my neighborhood will be closed today.

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.)


Matt and Vince Spence said...

Nice camel-toe

Geneva Girl said...

If she put on a pair of Spanx she might be happening.

darleene said...


that dude said...

Just call her, UBM. You never know, she might also play ukelele.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Hee-hee...

Geneva Girl said...

Thanks for the heads up. I have Armenian friends here and they were happy when I gave them belated greetings.

Jess said...

Thanks for this UBM. I love seeing people get down no matter what they look like. As long as they're feelin it, it's all good.

Anita said...

I am Armenian and yes today is Our Christmas day. In regards to a business being open or not the only day most Armenians (who own a store) take down is New Years Day. That's a day to truly share your wealth of family, oh and open presents. =) Thanks for spreading a little of the Armo (Armenian) Love!