Soviet Union Dying on Christmas 25 Years Ago Highlights the Author of It All’s Sense of Irony

Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, Moscow 1968
If the gulag, forced starvation, and show trials soured you on the Soviet Union, then the atheist superstate vanishing Christmas from its calendars—like airbrushing a fallen commissar from Stalin’s side—likely added to your distaste. Nobody likes a Grinch, especially a jack-booted one stepping out of the pages of Dr. Zhivago and onto some Russian kid’s Christmas present.