Some items are standard across most Armenian Christmas tables: cookies, baklava, nuts and dried fruit are all used to feed the many friends and family members who visit each other over the holiday.
A couple of years ago, Massd filmed an Armenian Christmas episode for her LBC show "Helwe Beirut.
Listen to what Glendale school board President Pam Ellis said when it was suggested that Armenian Genocide Day, April 24, should also be considered for holiday status: ``I don't think we can do the same thing with the genocide as the Armenian Christmas.
For instance, there's school board Vice President Greg Krikorian, who said, ``This is an exciting time for the school board, as we would be the first school district in the country to identify Armenian Christmas as a holiday.
We would like to keep Armenian Christmas
,'' she said.
Tabakian said, however, that the Armenian Christmas
is closely linked with New Year's celebrations.
But for a large community in Southern California, the phrase "Merry Christmas" was exchanged with enthusiasm Sunday after a morning of prayers, before a day of feasts, and during family and community gatherings as part of Armenian Christmas