Forbidden Christmas, repressed Santa Clause and Christmas trees from gloomy 90s of Georgia
19 December, 2018
Forbidden Christmas, repressed Santa Clause and Christmas trees from gloomy 90s of Georgia
In the past, Christmas trees in Georgia used to be decorated with religious ornaments and accessories as an indication of the holy-day. No sooner had the Soviet Union been established than the Christmas tree was forbidden in the Soviet countries including Georgia. The leaders of the union strived to eliminate religious superstitions and to discredit the holy-day. They planned to replace Christmas with the communist holiday.
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Eventually, the Christmas tree was deprived of
the religious meaning and turned into a symbol of the New Year’s Day. Apart from creating a festive atmosphere, the tree was used for propaganda purposes. The religious accessories were thrown away and the decorations reflecting symbols of the Soviet Union such as tanks, images of the leaders, hammer and sicker became the main attributes for the tree. Even the Christmas cards used to be full of similar images.
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Christmas tree was free of the propaganda but the hard times that post-soviet countries faced were just reflected on their Christmas trees. During the “gloomy 90s”, when people lacked electricity, gas, water, and basic necessities, plastic Christmas decorations became popular as they were cheap and durable.
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Following the 2000s, the American culture of Christmas celebrations started to enter Georgia. Festive illuminations, Santa Clause, Christmas songs and the idea of hidden presents under the tree have become inseparable parts of the holiday in Georgia. These days, decorations are free of any propaganda instead Georgians love to purchase hand-made accessories and colorful ornaments for their Christmas trees.

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