RUSSIA: Grandfather Frost

Christmas trees were still under drastic Bolshevik ban as Christmas 1935 came to Russia, but just before New Year's Day the Kremlin's policy slued completely around. Excitedly the word flew: "Trees are O. K!" Perspiring peasants furiously chopped, hustled trees to Moscow, where the big Soviet trusts. Government office buildings and communal apartments flooded their courtyards, stuck up a tree in the centre of each, invited one & all in for joyous skating. Exuberant citizens cut stars out of tin cans and hastily rigged up costumes for Grandfather Frost & the Snow...

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