Nikolai Kochergin’s illustration for tale “Morozko”.
Ded Moroz (Russian: Дед Мороз; Belarusian: Дзед Мароз, Ukrainian: Дід Мороз; also Morozko (Russian: Морозко) is a fictional character similar to that of Father Christmas and Santa Claus and has its roots in Slavic mythology. The tradition of Ded Moroz is mostly spread in East Slavic
countries. The literal translation is “Grandfather Frost”, but
depending on the language it can also be translated as “Old Man Frost”.
Ded Moroz is depicted as bringing presents to well-mannered children,
often delivering them in person on New Year’s Eve.