Soviet pop stars in photographs
• The Soviet pop stars in photographs
We grow and getting smarter, one event follows another, the carousel of life spins faster and faster. It was only on the eve of the New Year by touching the fragile Christmas toys and inhaled pungent smell of pine needles, we stop for a moment and go back to your childhood. And there: young mom and dad, funny little animals glass and iridescent balls, aroma of tangerines, nuts, candies, gifts, bustle in the kitchen.
In each of us lives a little girl, snowflake or a cute boy bunny. The closer the holiday, the more vivid memories of the most joyful and happy moments of life.
In late December, all kindergartens were Christmas party.
The modern mom-dad did not think much about where to find an outfit for the baby in the shops you can buy ready-made bright costumes bears, foxes, magic gnomes, Batman, Spider-Man, Harry Potter and other children's favorite characters. In the end, the costumes can be rented.
About this fairy-tale splendor of our parents could only dream of, because they had to do Christmas costumes by improvised, at times the most unlikely materials.
There were these costumes unpretentious, so funny and cute. In the course were gauze, cotton, curtains, foam, broken Christmas toys, beads, tinsel and other very important stuff that collects in a separate box for the entire year. Preparing for the matinee unusually united the whole family for a few nights and created the pre-holiday mood.
It was a ritual: mother cut out of starched muslin petticoats lush costume for snowflakes and tinsel to sew fancy dress, father master "glass slippers" of Czech women and a crown made of cardboard. With "bunny" was easier: to dark shorts sewn fur tail and ears were attached to the cardboard wrap. More "advanced soup" were cut from the tissue, wadding and jammed there posed wire resistance. And yet - bunny is ready for them at every Christmas party in the kindergarten were lots and lots.
I must say that Christmas party does not differ a variety of roles.
The girls were almost all snowflakes and fairy princesses, younger boys - bunnies, older - parsley or crackers. And it's not because with fantasy by our parents was not so; well, what little girl does not want to be beautiful, a princess or a sparkling snowflake?
With some pride we paced to the tree and excitedly read the memorized verses kindergarten Father Frost and Snow Maiden, make a wish and photographed next to them. The role of the latter, incidentally, has long played a supply managers, janitors, cooks and accountants; later they began to invite artists and Entertainer. Remember the brilliant phrase Ogurtsova from "Carnival Night": "Baba Yaga from will not take. Raised in your team! "
By the way, in the USSR matinees for children have been held only since 1935, after the December 28 the newspaper "Pravda" published an article in the Central Committee Politburo candidate member of the CPSU (b) Paul Postysheva "Let's organize the children a good Christmas tree." "Before the revolution the bourgeoisie and the bourgeoisie, officials always staged on New Year's tree for their children. Children working with envy glancing through the window at the sparkling Christmas tree with colored lights and merry around the rich kids. Why do we have schools, orphanages, nurseries, clubs, palaces of pioneers deprive children of this wonderful pleasure of working people of the Soviet country? Some, not only as "left" distorters decried it as a bourgeois children's entertainment venture, "- wrote a Communist. He offered to "put an end to the wrong conviction tree" and urged members of the Komsomol and the pioneer of workers to organize a collective tree for the children of workers and peasants. "There should not be any collective farm, where the board along with the members of the Komsomol would suit New Year's Eve Christmas tree for their children," - he wrote the newspaper.
The proposal was made to act with lightning speed, because it was announced by the principal organ of the CPSU (b): all that was published in "Pravda", was perceived respectively name of the newspaper, that is, it was a guide to action. Total Christmas celebrations were organized in four days across the country, appeared in stores "Expanding the range of Christmas decorations."
For many years Soviet Christmas party wearing ideological character, the script approved by "experts of different levels." Presentation necessarily built on the class struggle - the heroes of the Red Army men in suits and working drummers necessarily won numerous enemies of the capitalist world.
Later, in the 50-60s of the last century, Christmas paraphernalia worn "corn" character: the garment industry, mass produced Christmas costumes "queen of fields", and fur-trees adorned with bright glass kukuruzka.
For children the same ideological background was not interested, they are sincerely happy tree, circle dances, recited poems, sang songs, and received from the hands of Santa Claus gift.
The most important and prestigious was, of course, the Christmas tree in the Kremlin, and in the Byelorussian SSR - Palais des Sports. Each child came back out with a traditional gift - a set of sweets: in the 50s in a tin trunk, in the 60s - in a plastic Kremlin, in the 70th - in the trunk of cardboard, and 80 - in a plastic bag.
Gifts received all Soviet children without exception.
In Minsk, "the main tree of the country" was installed at the Sports Palace. Each school taking children to centrally view, after which I had to endure a great place for your gift. They were all the same, without exception: candy, candy bars, wafers, cookies, chocolate, tangerines and nuts. Small package of paper was seen as a cheap holiday as an indispensable addition to the New Year's miracle, fun and children's carelessness.