There was a time when the New Year was not. That is, it is, of course, was advancing, but given calendar rather than festive duty. The main winter holiday was Christmas. In the late twenties banned Christmas, the Christmas tree was called the priest, and for the Christmas kutyu could go home of Santa Claus. In December 1935, Paul Postyshev ally of Stalin published in the newspaper "Pravda" article, which offered to return the children to the tree. This offer is perceived as a state decree, and so the New Year has become a major Soviet holiday.