For Soviet people New Year was a special and very important holiday, people used to start preparations long before it came. Let us remember how it was happening.
Since 1918 to 1935 New Year was not an official public holiday in the USSR, however most of Soviet families celebrated this holiday the way they celebrated Christmas. Thus in the first decades of the Soviet Union existence New Year was actually "a family holiday".
The first official celebration of New Year happened only in 1936. Soviet children got the big holiday at last, and they had Christmas trees at schools, palaces of pioneers, kindergartenы etc. However January 1st remained to be a workday.
1941. The House of the Unions.
1942, a group of reconnaissance officers of the Western Front is celebrating New Year. There is probably alcohol, not tea inside the samovar.
Family celebration, 1954.