Tickets for the Christmas party, ice rinks, tangerines, oliviers, Soviet champagne, sparklers, watching the "Blue Light" and congratulatory telegrams are essential attributes of the New Year in the Soviet Union. The traditions of this holiday appeared in this era, and the composition of the New Year's table has not changed for decades.
Many people believe that the celebration of the New Year during the Soviet Union was more vivid and sincere, today people do not feel the "New Year's miracle". For an ordinary Soviet citizen, preparing for the New Year turned into a real adventure: it was vital to find a good Christmas tree, defend kilometer-long queues for sausage and get interesting gifts for relatives, using your relationship. Many products appeared on the table once a year. Preparations for the New Year began in a few months.
Many products were in short supply in the USSR. Therefore, everything had to be "taken out" for the festive table. People defended long queues for grocery orders to get sausage, Bulgarian green peas and Baltic sprats. In Soviet times, before the New Year, you could often hear the word "thrown away". This meant that some product had been delivered to the store. People took time off from work in order to have time to buy "thrown away" tangerines, sweets and other delicacies.
There was no developed Christmas tree industry in the Soviet era. New Year's bazaars were found only in large cities. Often a good Christmas tree could be found only through "their own people" for a certain surcharge. Therefore, it was absolutely normal to go to the forest and cut down a nice tree there. Some were looking for Christmas trees at the beginning of autumn.
Christmas trees were decorated with cotton wool, shiny "rain", garlands and colorful glass toys. Many of them had Soviet symbols. The Christmas trees were decorated with balloons with images of pioneers, Octobrists and flags. A red five-pointed star was placed on the top.
In the modern era of abundance, you can organize a holiday literally in a day. Therefore, many do not feel the "New Year's miracle".