At the end of the 19th century, Christmas trees began to be installed in the Russian Empire, having brought this custom from Europe. The first Christmas decorations were also brought from there - only the rich could afford expensive glass products, and toys made of pressed cotton, cotton wool, foil, papier-mâché and cardboard settled in middle-income houses for many years.
And at the beginning of the 20th century, two factories for the production of Christmas tree decorations opened in the Russian Empire, which produced toys that were indistinguishable from German ones.
Since 1928, the celebration of the New Year has been officially banned - it has become a normal working day.
And only in 1935, three days before the New Year, an issue of the Pravda newspaper came out with a note by Pavel Postyshev “Let's organize a good Christmas tree for children.” This lifted the ban on celebrating the New Year. And then the production of the first Soviet Christmas decorations was launched. And already in 1937, the New Year was celebrated on a grand scale at the first big Christmas tree in the Kremlin. And then for the first time Santa Claus came to the children with his little granddaughter Snegurochka, who has since become his faithful assistant.
Toys began to depict the realities of the new life: the symbols of the Soviet Union, figures of animals, fruits and vegetables, paratroopers, airships and gliders. Toys reflected all significant events of that time.