Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

11 December 2012. VOR Presents… Russia’s Main Store Awash with New Year Décor

00a Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

With New Year and Christmas celebrations just around the corner, Moscow squares, streets, and shops windows are getting their share of holiday décor.

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00b Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

GUM, which is next to the Red Square, is leading the preparations with its new bedazzling look.

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00c Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

GUM is just awash with New Year décor.

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00d Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

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00e Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

A New Year’s bazaar sprawls across the squares of GUM, Russia’s most exclusive mall, ahead of the nationwide celebrations.

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00f Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

A slide in the GUM attracts Muscovite kids.

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00g Moscow New Year Christmas decorations. 11.12.12

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11 December 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/97608347/97608370/

Editor’s Note:

The Russians have the right idea… they keep the secular and religious holidays separate. New Year’s is full of human good cheer… Christmas is a meditation on the birth of Our Lord Christ in the flesh. We need BOTH. Fie on the prunish neo-puritans who rant about “pre-Christmas celebrations” and fie on their atheist cousins who get upset at any hints of crèches and angels. I can’t stand either sort… and, I’ll warrant, neither can you.

Santa and the Christ Child… 25 December and 7 January… they’re NOT mutually-exclusive. Keep everything in perspective and in its proper place. Look at the bright side… it means that the secular holiday is over when the religious season begins. That means that we won’t confuse the two. There… isn’t that much more modest and realistic than bootless complaining and kvetching is? Compare this to Mattingly’s latest snarky rant about “pre-holiday celebrations”… you can smell the Scroogishness in it, can’t you?

BMD

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