26 December 2007

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

Holy Atomic Christmas, Batman!!

Christmas in Russia is actually more like an amalgam of Christmas and New Year's rolled into one.

From the 1917 Revolution until the fall of Communism, Christmas had a rather tenuous status in the Soviet Union—although the holiday was officially frowned upon, many enterprising citizens turned it into a New Year’s festival, complete with a Santa-like figure called “Grandfather Frost.”

For after the 1917 Revolution, Christmas was banned throughout Russia, along with all other religious celebrations and it wasn't until 75 years later, in 1992, that the holiday was openly observed.

Today, Christmas is in favour again and celebrated in grand fashion, with the faithful participating in an all-night Mass in incense-filled Cathedrals amidst the company of the painted icons of Saints.

But as with many things in Russia, there are some slight differences—such as the fact that Russian Christmas is observed on January 7 and sauerkraut soup is delicious.

“Grandfather Frost, The Russian Santa Claus” brings gifts to the children at New Year's Eve. His grand-daughter, the “Snowmaiden” accompanies him to help distribute the gifts. Well, naturally.

And apparently, as these cards teach us, “Grandfather Frost” doesn't use the typical American reindeer-driven sled but an actual kutya-powered moon rocket! Those Russians, always gotta show off their toys...

I came across a bunch of old Soviet Union Christmas cards... Enjoy!

The role of Santa Claus will be played played by Grandfather Frost. Please note this change.

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1 comment:

cicerone said...

I was looking for some unusual Christmas cards to be sent to my friends and stumbled upon your site. After reading the text, I do not understand that "kutya-powered" part. What does it mean? Seems like the cards are cropped too so I could not find what you thought of.