New Year is impossible without Father Frost, in the modern Russian folklore he is called Ded Mor’oz. Strangely enough this character, who must have belonged to the ancient Russian mythology or at least to the international one, has too poor connection with the roots. Even the prototype of Saint Nicolas, so highly praised by the Orthodox Christians at present, was not approved by the Russian society of the past. The first Father Frost called Mor’oz Iv’anovich appeared in authors’ tales by the end of the 19th century. He was described as an old man who lived in an icy country where one might get through the well. Children visited him, but he mada no gifts for free: one had to do something good for him to be awarded. At the same time he was kind, so even if a child did something wrong, he would award him with a piece of advice.
The Soviet power perceived Mor’oz Iv’anovich as an enemy together with the rest of our traditions, so even he was forbidden until 1935. He returned back under a new name Ded Mor’oz, accompanied by a girl, supposed to be his grand-daughter, Sneg’urochka, rarely with a little boy named Year who was destined to succeed to him.
His final image (as shown in the pictures) is the result of hard-working of the Soviet cinema. Indeed, in any New Year animation & movie, you will see Ded Mor’oz dressed in a long red or blue gown, wearing v’alenki (Russian winter wool boots), holding the icy stuff. Being the fruit of the Soviet reality, Ded Mor’oz keeps a certain solemnity & mystery. It is known that he lives somewhere on the North Pole, where children could send him a letter. He flies by your window at night & leaves presents under the Christmas tree or on a windowsill, but nobody knows if he does it sledging or just by means of his magic frost. The routine of Sneg’urochka & the boy Year is more mysterious. They often appear with Ded Mor’oz but the rest is yet unknown.
So, no deer, chimneys & “Ho-ho-ho!”, Esteemed Readers. I wonder, why does Santa Claus say this? Is it a special sign to be prepared for his visit? 🙂 🙂 🙂