Category: vintage christmas

Red star tree topper in working condition (1980s)

Vintage Soviet Christmas tree topper

Two clown-shaped vintage Soviet Christmas tree ornaments

I went to a moving sale yesterday, they mostly had fiction books (TONS of books), but very unexpectedly they also had three boxes of vintage Christmas ornaments, and I just had to get them!

I’ve been researching best ways to ship fragile glass ornaments, and I think I’ve got it. These will be up in the shop very soon!

Vintage Soviet New Year tree ornaments (”Dresden cardboard”)

Vintage ads. Holiday tree ornament bazaar in TsUM (Central Universal Department Store in Moscow), 1953.

New Year celebrations in the family of engineer Alexander Guskov, 1971 (via

One of Orthodox Christmas traditions is koledari – a kind of Christmas caroling. One of Russian names for Christmas eve is коляда, and koledari is called similarly–колядки.

Here are some 19 century postcards depicting koledari.

January 6 is Orthodox Christmas Eve. Here are some antique (pre-Soviet) postcards that celebrate Christmas.

(from Yuri Kombolin’s collection)

January 1. Tear-off calendars on Soviet New Year postcards (1950s–1980s)