Photo Closeup of Russian Christmas Tree Decorations
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After the 1917 Communist revolution, the Christmas tree was banned in Russia because it was seen as a religious symbol. New Year's Day became the most important holiday. The fir tree made a comeback in 1935 when Stalin allowed it as a centerpiece for New Year's parties. But only recently has the tree made an appearance in the Kremlin around Christmas time.