Christmas in the Soviet Union



For those who don’t remember…

Back in the days of the Cold War and the Soviet Union, Communism was everything and religion was a tool of the bourgeoisie and the opiate of the people, celebrating Christmas took special courage. On December 24, 1954 the Soviet trade union publication Trud complained about unnecessary “worker absenteeism because of Christmas celebrations,” while Pravda yapped about “pupils of a number of schools” who were “going around from house to house singing Christmas carols.” Of course there is now a big deal about placing a nativity on public property and hardly anyone is having “Christmas” parties, sales, cards or being wished “Merry Christmas!” Christmas, in the spirit of seasonal political correctness, is being replaced by “Holiday”. Does anyone else see a linkage between paragraph one and paragraph two?

Written by Dianne Weller
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