On a video call with our Armenia office:
Me: Still have the Christmas lights up from last week, huh [they celebrate Christmas later than we do]
Staffer: Yes, we keep them up until New Year’s
Me: When’s New Years?
Staffer: The 13th. Then we take them down.
Staffer: It’s an old Soviet thing
Me: Any other old Soviet things you still do?
Staffer: Everything is gray. We also need really clear instructions.