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    • Items from Irina Keichina's collection of 1930s-70s Christmas tree decorations and toys
    • Christmas tree decorations of WWII period exhibited in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War at the Poklonnaya Hill within the Victory Christmas Tree project.
    • A set of toys The Fire Horses
    • Christmas tree decorations of WWII period
    • Finished goods of the Ariel Christmas tree decorations plant.
    • Ceramic X-mas tree toys on display at the Exhibiition of X-mas Tree Toys created by 20th-century craftsmen.
    • A girl at the New Year party held in Georgiyevsky hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace
    • Christmas tree decorations of WWII period exhibited in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War at the Poklonnaya Hill within the Victory Christmas Tree project.
    • Christmas tree decorations of WWII period exhibited
    • A set of toys for a Christmas tree decorated with personages from Russian fairy-tales
    • Items from Irina Keichina's collection of 1930s-70s Christmas tree decorations
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    A lot of people around the globe wonder why New Year in Russia seems to be more popular than Christmas. The answer lies in the Soviet period of Russia.

    Christmas and New Year traditions were closely intertwined in Soviet Union. Though the ruling Communist Party observed atheism as the official ideological party line, Christmas celebrations went through the test of time and survived. How? Let us plunge into the history and find out.

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