The Christmas Trees of Our Childhood exhibition, a new exposition devoted to New Year’s traditions from different times, has opened at the Kolomenskoye museum-reserve. It brings together more than 800 items telling the history of the main winter holiday.
The exhibition takes place in the Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich and is focused on different themes. For example, visitors will learn how the holiday was celebrated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, how the tradition changed after the October Revolution, who suggested decorating a Christmas tree at the Kremlin, what the streets of the capital were decorated with at different times, and how Christmas tree decorations evolved. The exhibition features rare samples of Christmas decorations: toys made of cotton wool, cardboard, and glass, the Christmas tree ornaments of Lenin’s family, and a number of items from private collections, associated with the process of the glorification of Christmas decorations in the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors will also see Soviet Christmas decor of the 1970s, decorations from the GDR and Czechoslovakia, balls from Zhostovo and Gorodets, majolica toys from Gzhel and Yaroslavl, and the works of modern creators.
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