Dylan Thomas

Holidays, Soviet style

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TANGLETOWN — The Christmas tree tradition was imported to Russia just two centuries ago, arriving in 1817 with Princess Charlotte of Prussia, wife-to-be of the future Czar Nicholas I.

One hundred years later, the Bolshevik revolutionaries did away with both Russia’s imperial dynasty and public celebrations of Christmas. But the “yolka,” or fir tree, survived, and it would even be embraced by the Communist regime as the centerpiece of a secular midwinter celebration.

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