Russian Christmas ornaments come in almost every shape and design imaginable; making any Yuletide décor more festive. Many Russian Christmas ornaments are made from durable plastic, but many are still hand made and hand painted in delicate wood and blown glass. Some are designed not to grace your tree but to beautify every room in your home with traditional images of the Christ child and Holy Family, keeping the true spirit of the season alive in eye-catching adornments that will become heirlooms in your family.
Ornaments popular around the world are also popular in Russia, including angels, Christmas trees, snowmen and, of course, Santa Claus. They come in many sizes and painted in every color of the rainbow. Many of the ornaments are uniquely Russian: Pieces patterned after the famous nesting dolls or “matryoshkas” or the Snow Maiden of Russian literature. The magnificent onion-shaped domes of Russian Orthodox church steeples, like Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, are also popular. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcraker” will always be the traditional performance of the season and nutcracker Christmas ornaments are a perfect reminder of that beloved classic.
Taking their cue from the fabulous Faberge Easter eggs, some Russian ornaments are eggshell shaped and painted in minute detail with Grandfather Frost, angels, rabbits and snow-covered dachas. Even a whole village might find itself hanging among the needles in miniature.
Whatever your personal preference in Christmas tree decor, a Russian ornament will add a distinctive flavor to your Christmas scene that family and friends will remember. In fact, don’t be surprised if their next tree looks a lot like yours did this year!