Learn about Christmas Traditions and Customs in Russia
World Book’s Christmas in Russia is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Russia. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Russian holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Christmas in Russia begins with the history of the country and explains how political changes have affected the way its people have celebrated Christmas throughout the centuries. The book introduces the beloved figures of Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional Russian celebration of Christmas. From age-old ways of decorating the tree to shopping in open-air Christmas bazaars, special ballet and music performances, and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Russia captures the spirit of the holiday in this vast northern nation. Also included are details about other Russian holidays that are celebrated at this time—New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Christmas in Russia is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.