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Russian Children Get Season’s Greetings from "Ded Moroz"

10. December 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

He looks like Santa Claus, but it’s not quite the same thing.

 

In Russia this year, children have the ability to send letters to Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa, Father Christmas, or whatever name you would apply to the season’s gift-giving legend.

 

Starting on Nov. 5, post offices across Russia began taking letters from children addressed to the man whose name when translated means “Father Frost.”

 

In a program dubbed “Congratulations from Ded Moroz,” children can send a personal message to Father Frost and even request something they would like from among a list of gifts. The list includes a mosaic book, various toys, a painting canvas and a set of oil paints, and a candle-making set. After sending their letters, children will receive a personal letter in return from Ded Moroz, expressing warm wishes or, perhaps, one of their requested gifts.

 

Children can fill out an order form for the personalized greetings by visiting the post office up to Dec. 20, 2009.

 

This new service of Russia is part of an old Russian Christmas tradition. While he is much like Santa Claus in many ways, with a long white beard and red jacket in addition to a propesnity for spreading Christmas cheer, Ded Moroz often appears to children in person, rather than secretively in the night. He is also often accompanied by a young lady dubbed “Snegurochka,” or snow maiden, who is said to be his granddaughter.