What looked like grandmothers and mothers in the New Year: photos from the 30s to 90s
New Year 30-40's
Great-grandmother told how they lived in a house where there were earthen floors, but they did not forget about the holidays. Gathered the whole village to collect large tables and prepare food from what is. A photographer came to the village, a Christmas tree was decorated in the village council and, while observing a long queue, families were photographed.
As a young woman, my grandmother played the guitar and was the first girl in the village, so on New Year's Eve in the village of Old Melovaya, Voronezh Region, the songs were sung not only with a button accordion, but also a guitar. I do not remember being told about the tree, put it or not. But they were preparing for the New Year's table since autumn. They chopped cattle and harvested it for the winter: they dried it, dried it, salted it. When my grandfather went to the front, Grandma made staged photos, putting on all the most festive things for herself and their children, and reassured him in letters that everyday life was not so bad, and on holidays she especially wanted to be with him.
New Year 50s
Mom always remembered with nostalgia about holidays in her parents' house. In the village passed her youth. In the photo are friends from the theater group and from school, they are 17 years old. On the New Year, instead of their postcards, their creative team made drawings and humorous caricatures for all the villagers. Pitched skating rink, skiing and not so often thought about the material.
In this photo of 1958 my mother is 20 years old, she is a student of the biology and soil faculty of the Voronezh State University. New Year was then celebrated by a noisy group of students. The library rewrote the recipes from the "Books about tasty and healthy food" in 1952, prepared rooms for skitters. They did not have a TV in the room, so they made fun of themselves.
New Year in the 60s
Natalia Ivanova, photo of 1962
In December, my mother and I would go to the store, buy a bunch of fabulous Christmas decorations. At the top of the tree, there must have been a red star! The room was decorated with garlands of paper snowflakes and cotton balls, scattered multi-colored confetti (made by hole punch), and serpentine was twisted from the cut edges of the wallpaper. On January 1, the postman necessarily brought fresh newspapers (despite the holiday !!!). And we certainly waited for the festive issue of “Pioneer Truth”, because it contained funny jokes and funny crosswords, riddles and puzzles!
Marina Serikova, 1965 photo
That New Year, I received a prize for the best New Year's costume, I was wearing a red hat, and in my basket were real cakes with sweet jam. Mom used to bake all night, I treated everyone and I was happy. The next year I got the role of chamomile. The suit was made by dad, the hardest part was to starch all the petals.
Evgeny Kochetov, photo of 1968
From the first days of December, we began to prepare gifts and cards, which I decorated with clippings from magazines. Mom always sent parcels to all relatives (there were about twenty-thirty boxes with a brown wax seal). We, in turn, also received packages with gifts from all over the Soviet Union.
New Year in the 70s
Larisa Popova, 1971 photo
As can be seen from the New Year photos, the main Santa Claus in my childhood of the 60s and 70s was grandfather Lenin. Portraits hung not only in the offices of officials, but also in all the playrooms of the kindergarten. I remember preparing for the New Year. For two months, stood in long queues to buy green bananas. Then they were put on a wardrobe, and there they were ripening upstairs. We went to Moscow to buy sausage and meat in advance, hid in the freezer until the holiday. About cars to Moscow, even this riddle was: "Long, green and smells of sausage." And yet the New Year is the most desirable holiday for all generations.
Elena Chaplygina, photo of 1970
The room was made a place under a bucket of sand, and a lively, fragrant pine tree beauty was placed in it. Nearby lay the coveted box with Christmas decorations. We were immensely happy, despite the poverty. The director of our village school, Nikolai Dmitrievich, for all the winter holidays, gave children skates and skis.Without any receipts and pledges. Mandarins for the New Year I first tried the class in the eighth. At that time, for the first time, our parents were allowed to meet NG with a classmate, and they received a package from Voronezh from relatives ... with mandarins ... So we got one for ten people. These were happy years!
New Year 80s
Yulia Serikova, 1987 photo
I remember how fun it was to create Christmas decorations from improvised means. Snowflakes and garlands were cut out of paper; cotton was made into tinsel. I believed that Santa Claus was watching me, as I diligently carved homemade Christmas toys. And I also loved the New Year because my grandmother came to all these short holidays (only 4 days then rested). And we went to visit a big family.
Lyudmila Dedova, 1987 photo
I knew Santa Claus personally! At our children's matinees, at the trade union trees, he was invariably played by a friend of our family - Uncle Borya. Mountains of sweet gifts. Candy "Bear in the North", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Karakum".And all the winter holidays on TV showed children's films. We always invented and constructed New Year's costumes ourselves from scrap materials. Once, my grandmother sewed a stunning Cinderella ball gown from the lace curtain to me. It was a happiness!
Yulia Chekurova, photo of 1986
I’m 6 months old in this photo, and it was my first New Year! Our family met each year on Lenin Square, near the former “Watch” store, everyone congratulated each other and gave gifts. This tradition has taken root, and now we are meeting with our children on the same place this day.
New Year 90s
Alena Chernysheva, photo of 1990
Old movies watched all day. And of course, "for sweet" - "Song of the Year." Now in life would not have to look.
Anastasia Chekodanova, photo of 1990
I liked the pre-Christmas fuss, my mother began to think over the menu for the festive table. Always tried to get some new recipe, which is carefully recorded in the cookbook. Always baked a cake, because ready-made cakes were in short supply.
Zhenya Thomson, 1990 photo
In those years, the Christmas tree was only natural. The holiday began already from the moment when old Christmas tree decorations with a family history were removed from the suitcase - the very decorations that were hanging on the Christmas trees of grandparents.And under the New Year's beauty put houses from foam. In the little window, the light flickered ... And the candy on the thread! Now no one hangs them on the Christmas tree. Cotton wool was bought in pharmacies, torn to pieces and laid on Christmas paws. And Santa Claus with a papier-mâché Snow Maiden ...
Elena Glebova, photo 1991
Parents decorated the Christmas tree, my brother and I taught poems about Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, so that all holidays can be proudly told to relatives ... And definitely on a stool!
Yulia Serikova, photo of 1992
Grandmother and mom started filling the fridge for the festive table three weeks before December 31. I got caviar, green peas, sprats, smoked sausage. One day, my father stood four hours in line for a real pineapple. How I enjoyed this overseas fruit more than the Barbie doll.
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