What is the Russian traditional on Christmas ? – History, Politics & SocietyReport
Russians keep a different calendar to ours- they have remained with the old Julian calendar as oppose to our Gregorian one, so in Russia, Christmas is not celebrated until 7th January.
During the Communist period of 1917-91, Christmas was officially banned, although such was the need of the people for some sort of celebration to brighten the gloomy Winter months that shortly before his death, Lenin decreed there should be a ‘Winter Festival’, a non-religious event that involved light displays, present-giving and merry-making. Some religious services were held unobtrusively, although the authorities usually turned a blind eye to these, especially during the post-War years.