New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

Many people say that New Year celebration in the Soviet time was more soulful. And this could probably be explained by the fact that people had to do much better to acquire presents and a New Year’s tree and serve the table. They did it much in advance and when they finally succeeded, they felt that very miracle moment. Today it’s simple and we take it all for granted. That’s the answer. Anyway, it’s always interesting to look back and bring those wonderful memories back.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

It was not so easy to buy a good New Year’s tree. Bad ones could be found in special markets but good trees could be obtained from “buddies” for at a higher cost. Some people even cut trees in forests.
New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

It was impossible to buy a tree stand, so people had to make it on their own. It could be a wooden cross stand or a bucket full of sand.
New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

Silver trees like this one were considdered special chic.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

The TV tradition for New Year emerged in the 70s. In 1970 Leonid Brezhnev delivered the first festive speech from the TV screen.

In Russia many people still prefer to spend December 31st watching New Year’s programs and old movies.
New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

People began to buy food for the New Year’s table months in advance before the holiday. The classics included Hungarian green peas “Globus”, Baltic sprats, Far Eastern squid (later – “crab sticks”), uncooked smoked sausage or salami, Abkhaz tangerines, mayonnaise and Soviet champagne, of course.

It was also a tradition to buy cakes but those cakes were not so good – made from margarine-based fatty cream and decorated with acid-bright creamy roses.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way
Line for cakes.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

Line for sausage.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way
You see, it was difficult to prepare everything…

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way
Everyone tried to look good, women set their hair and put the best dresses on.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

They had guests who traditionally brought those very creamy cakes, fruits or any Georgian wine.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way
Those who tried better, managed to acquire good canned food, caviar, expensive tea or any perfume.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way
Of course, it was mostly women who prepared the holiday celebration.

New Year Celebration, Soviet Way

Was it much different from yours?

3 thoughts on “New Year Celebration, Soviet Way”

  1. Hummmm….the photo of the family watching tv, with the caption about Leonid Brezhnev, shows the United States of America president Ronald Regan, from the 80’s? 😉

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  2. “Was it much different from yours?”

    Well, our new years was great as we finally got 2020 behind us. It was the most frustrating year in a long time due to the CCP 19 pandemic spread by China.

    The above photos look like they we taken about 50 years ago, based on the look of the people’s clothes and the appliances.

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