grandfather-frost

Christmas in Russia has always been a time of giving. So I am going to celebrate this joyous occasion by giving ISIS some of my favourite heavy ordinance, delivered courtesy of the Russian Air Force. Hey, do not forget to congregate in open spaces, you guys, so I can make sure that everybody gets some. Merry Christmas, from The Boss Of All Russia!

Ded Moroz (rus. Дед Мороз “Grandfather Frost”, aslo known as Морозко (Morozko), Студень (Studen’) or Трескунец (Treskunets)) — one of the most well-known characters of slavic folklore, a personification of frost and cold. He was often portrayed as either little silver-haired old-man or a stately giant. Regardless of his appearance, however, Morozko always carries his magic staff, which helps him to freeze objects and create blizzards and severe frost. There are numerous tales and stories about Ded Moroz freezing people to death if they dared to whine on the bad weather in his presence. At the same time, those who met him and blessed the frost despite feeling cold were given generous presents. People believed that “feeding” Moroz with pancakes and bread during the Svyatki season (a series of festivities in slavic tradition during orthodox Christmas celebrations) would please him and persuade not to be too severe with the weather.
The image of Ded Moroz as a kind old-man giving presents on the New Year night was formed only in the beginning of XX century and has a little in common with the original character.

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As you may know, not all gift-bringers come at Christmas. Some come December 6, December 13, or January 6. Here are a few that for cultural, political, or religious reasons come on January 1:

1) Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost, and his granddaughter Snegurochka, or the Snow Maiden. Ded Moroz is perhaps the most widespread wintertime gift-giver after Santa/Father Christmas/St Nick, with equivalents and variants all across central and eastern Europe as well as norther and central Asia, such as Djed Mraz, Dedo Mraz, Dzmer Pap, Şaxta Baba, Dzied Maroz, Dedek Mraz, and many others. He is a formerly wicked wintertime wizard who now is good and brings gifts to children on his troika.

2) Saint Basil the Great, about whom I wrote at some length last year, comes on his feast day to Greece and Cyprus to deliver presents.

3) Namahage are not gift-bringers, but are troops of ogres who come down to the Oga Peninsula in Japan, looking for naughty, lazy children, brandishing knives and buckets.

4) Mother Goody, a figure so obscure that there are apparently no pictures of her on the internet, is a gift-giver in the maritime provinces of Canada, more specifically New Brunswick, more specifically Campobello Island. She comes on New Year’s Eve and fills children’s stockings with goodies. Some say she comes from Scotland, some say she is Santa’s wife, while others equate her with Frau Holda of Germany. Incidentally, if you or your family are from Campobello Island and know something about Mother Goody, please drop me a line, thanks.

Hopefully you get a visit from 1, 2, or 4, and not so much 3.

Happy New Year.

theguardian.com
Grandfather Frost and Baba Yaga: the weird and wonderful world of Russian fairytales
Russian fairytales have their wicked witches and handsome princes, but also houses that walk around on chicken legs and magic talking fish. So throw on your cloak and venture into the snowy forest to find out more about the wonderful tales of Grandfather Frost and Baba Yaga

A bit more on Russian fairytales and magic creatures.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is the personification of frost, ice, snow, sleet, and freezing cold weather. 

History

Although there is some kind of variant of Jack Frost amongst different cultures, it is genuinely believed to have originated from Nordic or Anglo-Saxon roots. Jokul Frosti was the son of a wind god, and had control over the winter forces.

In Russia, he is portrayed as Grandfather Frost.

In Germany, the entity is female, and is known by Mother Hulda who lived in the sky and created snow by dropping white feathers from her bed.

Description

During the 19th century, Jack Frost had been characterised to be sprite-like. Due to this, he was depicted to be small and of young age, either a young adult or a teenager. He may also have white hair, blue clothing, and icicles adorning his body.

However, often at times before he was depicted as an old man with a white beard.

He is commonly shown as a mischief-making spirit, carefree and happiest when he can behave as he pleases. Although he is said to be a friendly spirit, he can be very dangerous if one were to insult him - he will bring death by smothering them with snow or turning them into frost.

He is traditionally thought to leave the frosty, fern-like patterns on windows on cold winter mornings, as well as frostbites. He is sometimes described or depicted with paint brush and bucket colouring the autumnal foliage red, yellow, brown, and orange.

Meet Russian Santa Claus:

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RUSSIAN SANTA LOOKS SO MUCH COOLER THAN WESTERN SANTA.
AND SOMETIMES HE WEARS BLUE.
BLUE, YOU GUYS.
BLUE IS MY FAVORITE COLOR.
I WANT SANTA TO WEAR BLUE.
PLUS, LOOK AT THAT GANDALF BEARD AND EPIC FROST-WIZARD STAFF!!
LOOK AT IT!!!!
ALSO, THE LITERAL TRANSLATION FOR HIS NAME IS “GRANDPA FREEZE”
GRANDPA FREEZE SOUNDS SO MUCH COOLER THAN SANTA CLAUS.