Soviet space-program Christmas cards

"Soviet Christmas card" sounds like a mere kitschy improbability, but what if I told you that they were space-race-themed Soviet Christmas cards? It's a Christmas miracle, dude.

Old Soviet Christmas card collection (via Richard Kadrey)


17 Responses to “Soviet space-program Christmas cards”

  1. Shantara says:

    They were New Year cards, obviously.

    • Dan Hibiki says:

      yup. Orthodox Christmas is on the 7th of January I believe and not much like the other christmases.

      New Year’s though got the tree, Santa and the whole shebang.

    • tw1515tw says:

      (Edited from original reply)
      С Новым годом is Russian for Happy New Year
      С Рождеством is Russian for Merry Christmas

      Looks like you are right.

      I thought it might be for St Nicholas’s Day – a traditional present-giving day on 6th December.

      • Shantara says:

        Since 1920s Soviet state wanted to suppress celebration of Christmas, as it did with other religious holidays. New Year, on the other hand, was a neutral, officially accepted holiday, so it was a natural replacement. As a result, many of winter holidays’ attributes (Ded Moroz (Father Frost), fir trees, presents, postcards, decorations, etc) are primarily associated with New Year instead of Christmas in Russia and other post-Soviet states. It was forced decades ago, but now no one really remembers that and it has since became a tradition. 

        • Dan Hibiki says:

           Christmas was never like western Christmas to begin with since Russia is primarily Orthodox and celebrates the birth of Christ on a completely different (more accurate) date and with different traditions.

          The involvement of the state is somewhat overblown by western propaganda and few native soviets had changed their religious practices, in fact the Orthodox church has profited greatly even under Stalin (provided they didn’t question him).

  2. wildemar says:

    The top image you posted has nothing to do with Christmas or New Year. It’s the East German Sandman.

  3. It’s true! We live in Berlin and watch the Sandmännchen every night before our son goes to bed.

  4. Hakan Koseoglu says:

    What I find weird is they got the Vostok drawings right (even with the 3rd stage attached) but the subsequent spaceship drawings are completely fake or they’re not manned and I’m not familiar with them. Voskhod is nearly identical to Vostok visually and Soyuz is completely different so I guess there’s an interesting amount of misinformation going on.

  5. RayCornwall says:

    In Soviet Russia, YOU greet cards, not other way around.

    Alternative joke: In Soviet Russia, the hall marks YOU.

    (Hey, it’s my birthday, and I’m stuck in a cubicle farm. Please laugh.)

  6. robcat2075 says:

    I recall a “National Lampoon Radio Hour” sketch on “Christmas in Russia” or something like that that had the line:

    “Of course, as a Communist country, Russia is officially atheist so Christmas has no more religious significance there than it does in America!”

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