Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Russian Santas

When my cousin posted on Facebook a picture of her Russian Santa collecion, I was intrigued.




  


I have seen them before in passing, in various Christmas Shops (or should I type Shoppes?) but really didn’t give them more than a quick glance.

But today, I did some research and fell in love. Each Santa is carved from solid wood and painted in stunning detail with rich designs and beautiful scenes.

http://www.russiansantapurveyors.com/

The Russian Santa also called Father Frost, Ded Moroz, and Grandfather Frost, looks like our American Santa Claus… but take a closer look and you notice a few differences. Yes, they both wear boots, a coat, and they both have white beards. However, The Russian Santa wears a long heel-length coat and is seen walking with a magical staff and his hat is  round and fur lined.


Just look at the detail. This one is paticularly pretty with a nativity on his gown.

http://www.reasonstobelieve.com/


And here is another nice display.




Santas are dressed in white beards and red coats and Ded Morozes are dressed in blue.

Other differences I found:
  • Ded Moroz rests on Christmas Eve but distributes gifts at the New Year and he rides in a troika - or sleigh - drawn by horses
  • Ded Moroz is accompanied by his attractive granddaughter --the Snow Maiden or Snegurochka instead of elves.
  • Although he is popular now, life was not always easy for Ded Moroz. He was persecuted under Stalin, being branded a 'priest's ally' in 1928. And according to the UK Daily Mail, still poop-pooed by Vladimir Putin

A few more....oh yeah, prices range from $20 up to $2000. Whew.

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What do you think? Next time I see them, I may be giving more than a quick glance, if you know what I mean. (wink, wink)

Pat


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