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I would like to share my knowledge about Russian Christmas tree ornaments with everyone who visits our website.


First Russian Christmas ornaments

First Russian Christmas ornaments were manufactured in the Russian estate of Prince Menshikov in the first part of the 19th century. There were glass mouth-blown beads and glass balls. This first Russian glass Christmas ornaments were very expensive and never produced in large amounts. And they were mainly bought for the Russian Imperial Court.

Since the 1900 years some Russian small private manufacturers launched producing of pressed cotton Christmas ornaments. However, Russia still imported Christmas ornaments from Germany until World War 1st.

Soviet or Russian New Year Tree Ornaments

First of all, you should do use a term - New Year's Tree Ornaments or Decorations if you speak about glass, wire, cotton and/or cardboard ornaments from the former Soviet Union, Russia. Why not to say CHRISTMAS ornaments? Simple, it was not the Christmas in Soviet Russia since 1918 until 1990. Since 1927 Christmas celebration was prohibited officially in Soviet Union by Soviet communist government during that time’s period. Russian people were not even allowed to celebrate New Year for a long time 1927-1936.

First New Year tree ornaments were produced in Moscow in 1936-1937. And as I already said above, there were 4 kinds of New Year's tree ornaments; cotton ornaments, glass ornaments, cardboard ornaments and wire ones too. I have to mention about plastic ornaments that produced in USSR in the 1970-80s too, but of course, same plastic items could not be vintage ornaments at all. Before the 1970s, all glass ornaments are blown and painted by hand in USSR. Producing cardboard, wire and cotton ornaments was stopped in the beginning of the 1960s.

You cannot see angels or other Bible’s characters, because same ornaments never produced in the former Soviet Union. However, you can watch some of the Russian historic events if you look on many ornaments from the former USSR. A few examples. In the 1950s was the "corn period" in USSR, and many glass corn ornaments were produced during that period. The "space race" between USSR and the United States of the 1960s and this mean many Russian glass ornaments with Soviet space rockets, Soviet cosmonauts and orbital satellites. Russian Santa Claus [Ded Moroz] figures bird ornaments and animal ornaments were popular among Russian people very.

Gene Grin.