1/Rimsky Korsakov opera "Snegourochka" (snow maiden)
witnesses of the existence of this tradition (an old
fairy tale actually) in pre revolutionary Russia.
2/According to my mum who was born in Russia in 1916
(my dad also was born in Russia, in 1897) the kids
were given gifts for Christmas.
3/Gifts given for Santa Claus is a typical north
European (German, dutch, North/West of France)habit.
Santa Claus distributes gifts (usually sweets) to
"good" children on his day, beg. of december.
4/ Of course Ded Moroz (Grand Father Frost) also
"existed" in Russia beg of 20th century, by the kids
were very afraid of him!
5/During the soviets, only remained the "folk
traditions", not linked to any Christian ones, and
usually to old ones dating back to paganism. But there
were not many gifts to be given...
Valentina from France.
ps : i am quite suprised by the questions. Answers can
be easily found in many books and sources.
--- Kiril Bart <kirbart@...
> a écrit : >
Actually I wouldn't tell that this is an old Russian
> tradition, the christmas tree and all the characters
> has been popularized in Russia just in early 20th
> Subdeacon Kirill
> --- Petteri ja Paula Genis <pgenis@...> wrote:
> > This is a rather old custom. It was much revived
> > during the Soviet regime. It ascends to the
> > pre-Christian Russia.
> > Peter Genis
> > The Russian Finn. The Finnish Russian.
> > Suomalainen Venalainen. Venalainen Suomalinen.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <sandra@...>
> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Sent: Sunday, 25 November, 2001 8:00 AM
> > Subject: [orthodox-synod] practices in Holy Russia
> > before 1917
> > Is the invention of Grandfather Frost and Snow
> > Maiden one of Soviet
> > Russia, or did the people have this custom before
> > the revolution?
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