Fans Can Now Get Paid $50 an Hour to Dress Up As Ross Geller's Holiday Armadillo From 'Friends'

Americans are gearing up for the festive season, with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, but one celebratory mascot that often gets overlooked is the holiday armadillo.

Probably because it's a creation of character Ross Geller, played by David Schwimmer, on the hit show Friends. Nonetheless, this year the animal is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

Website FandomSpot.com has launched the first "Hire a Holiday Armadillo" service to educate people on various cultures and faiths.

The fan site will pay lucky applicants $50 an hour to channel the armadillo spirit, after they surveyed 3,000 adults, and found only 17 percent of Americans fully understand how other religions celebrate the holidays.

Alyssa Celatti, of FandomSpot.com, said: "It's safe to say most of us grew up watching Friends and still turn to the familiar favorite when there's nothing else to watch!

"Through the success of the show, the six friends are global icons and with that the show holds so many nostalgic phrases and iconographies familiar to people worldwide; from Joey's 'How you doin', to the classic orange sofa and of course... the Holiday Armadillo!

"So, to celebrate the 25th anniversary we wanted to launch a service fit for Ross Geller himself, allowing fans to go back in time and hire their own Holiday Armadillo!

"We are so excited to launch the service and ahead of doing so, wanted to go back to the meaning behind the character. Our own poll revealed that even though it's been more than 20 years since that episode first aired, most Americans aren't educated on how different cultures and faiths celebrate the holidays.

"That's why we're pleased to offer this service that can help to bridge this gap in festive education as well as offer the ultimate nostalgic festive Friends' fun!"

The site confirmed prospective applicants must be over 18 and fluent in English, although no formal qualifications are required.

And they stressed: "FandomSpot.com will provide guidance into various cultures' holidays for the professionals to communicate in their performance. A love of acting is also required as is a willingness to dress up and perform in character."

While they don't specify how many positions are available, the hiring services asks how many armadillos are required, suggesting there are a few job openings.

Anyone looking to apply to become the "Professional Holiday Armadillo"—or rent the armadillo for their own event—can do so here.

The interesting character appears in season 7 episode 10, aptly called "The One with the Holiday Armadillo." It sees Ross attempt to educate his son, Ben, on Hanukkah.

But as all appropriate costumes have been snapped up, Ross is left with the armadillo.

He tells his son: "I'm the holiday armadillo. I'm a friend of Santa's, and he sent me here to wish you a Merry Christmas."

And when pressed by Monica where Santa is, Ross stresses: "Santa was unavailable so close to Christmas."

Screengrab from Friends episode.
Screengrab from Friends season 7 episode 10, where Ross dresses as the holiday armadillo. Now you can get paid $50 an hour to wear the costume in the name of education. HBO