Russia bans Santa Claus and replaces capitalist with Communist Father Frost

Santa Claus, the iconic figures in Western Christmases, was replaced by a Communist counterpart that looked to move the world on from capitalist present-giving.

Ded Moroz, the poster boy for Communist Christmas, was introduced by Russian officials in the Soviet Union as a legendary counter to Saint Nicholas.

Digging up the Slavic mythology of old and plastering it as the Communist leadership of new, Ded Moroz, otherwise known as Father Frost, appeared to be a withering putdown of a Christmas classic.

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Although steeped in mythology and history, Soviet Union forces throughout the East embraced the Santa-like figure, despite initially banning his existence.

It appeared that Russians of the time were hoping Ded Moroz would replace Santa Claus, although that failed and only one has been portrayed by Tim Allen, the real way to cement a legacy.

Father Frost was taller, boasted a longer beard and wardrobe variety according to one fact-finding website, that noted the Slavic legend would never place presents in socks.

In fact, it went so far for Soviet officials that they boasted the mythical character was "warmer", had "good eyes despite his age" and walked "on foot" to deliver gifts.

There is always a chance youngsters would spot Ded Moroz on the back of a horse-drawn cart, too, opting for the Russian Troika rather than a speedy sleigh.

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Ded Moroz had first been adapted into Russian propaganda in the late 1920s, but a cultural resurgence for the blue-attired legend saw his return to Christmassy roots.

There are a few countries that have opted to stick with Ded Moroz since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, with Slovakia and Ukraine still noting a presence for the bearded wonder.

Tajikistan had attempted to remove the public image of Father Frost and his granddaughter Snegurochka as they "bear no direct relation to national traditions", but the public were so horrified they denounced the plans until they were reversed.

Other countries have since expanded on the staff-wielding Christmas legend, with Slovenia alleging that Father Frost and Santa Claus are actually close friends.

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