Voices from Russia

Sunday, 13 December 2015

“In the Forest Grew a Yolochka (Holiday Tree)”

00 Ded Moroz. 09.12.12

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Here’s a sweet little song from Dede… he’s not Santa Claus… he’s the New Year’s Wizard.

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In the forest grew a Yolochka, 
In the woods it grew up tall. 
It grew both winter and summer, 
It grew so green and tall.

The lyrics for this song date before the Revolution. Raisa Adamovna Kudashyova, née Gidroyts, was the author of many beloved holiday verses, loved over many generations. Raisa Adamovna grew up in a family of a Moscow postal official. She graduated from the M B Pussel Girls’ Gimnaziya, later working as a governess, a teacher, and a librarian. She wrote poems from her early childhood, but only dared to send one of them (entitled Rucheiku (Brook)) to Malyutka (Little One) magazine in 1896. She was only 18-years-old when the periodical published it. After that, her poems began to appear in many children’s magazines, such as Malyutka, Svetlachok (Firefly), and Podsnezhnik (Snowdrop), using pseudonyms such as “A E”,”A Er”, and” R K”. Yolochka saw its first publication by Malyutka in its 1903 holiday issue (the one right before New Year’s and Christmas). Instead of her name, it appeared under the modest alias “A E”. interestingly, it doesn’t contain a single “holiday” verse, yet it became a staple of children’s holiday celebrations.

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