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    • Children play during winter holidays in Cherepovets, 1971
    • Children have fun on a skating rink in Moscow, 1976
    • Children climb a snow slide during the 'Farewell to Russian winter' celebrations in 1979
    • A girl enjoys a dog sleigh ride during winter holidays at her granny's place in Podolsk outside Moscow in 1971
    • A boy enjoys a sledge ride in 1960
    • Boys with a puppy during the 'Farewell to Russian winter' celebrations in Kargopol in 1987
    • Children skiing in a resort camp in 1979
    • A boy enjoys a sledge ride in 1976
    • Children play in the snow in Tolyatti in 1973
    • Boys play hockey in Moscow in 1959
    • Children have a snowball fight in Moscow in 1969
    • Boys enjoy sledge riding in Tallinn in 1983
    • Boys are fighting using wooden swords and shields during a winter day in Yakutsk in 1973
    • Children enjoy sliding down an ice slide in Perm in 1973
    • Children play on frozen Lake Baikal in 1988
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    Children play during winter holidays in Cherepovets, 1971

    There used to be a time when not every family had a landline phone and only two or three TV channels were available. So children played outdoors day and night.

    In the 21st century, one may think that living without a smartphone or a laptop is boring. But in the Soviet era, two weeks of winter holidays were a real fairy tale for children all across the country. It was a time when they spent long hours outdoors, skating, skiing, having snowball fights or riding sledges.  

    Check out Sputnik's photo gallery to see how children spent their free time in winter decades ago. 

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