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How Stalin Introduced Christmas Traditions to Russia’s New Year Celebrations

Christmas and all other religious holidays were outlawed in Russia by the Communist regime following the 1917 revolution. Anyone who dared to celebrate Christmas or display any symbol of the holiday was subject to fines or imprisonment. For many years children … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmas in Imperial Russia

Christmas in Imperial Russia was celebrated with a blend of traditions from Russia’s Christian and pre-Christian past. On Christmas Eve it was customary for groups of people masquerading as manger animals to travel from house to house performing and singing … Continue reading

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The History of the Nutcracker Ballet

  One of our family holiday traditions when I was a child was to attend the Nutcracker Ballet. I first took my daughter to see the Nutcracker when she was three years old. Perhaps it was a bit early, but … Continue reading

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