How to make a christmas tree game

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... Decorate your christmas tree with a huge assortment of ornaments. Christmas is such a magical time. An important part of celebrating Christmas is decorating your Christmas tree.

* 6 Christmas Trees to choose from.
* Over 130 ornaments grouped into categories including:

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- lights,
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- stars and much, much more.

* Customized bulbuls which can be made with photos of your friends and family.
* Write personalized messages across your Christmas tree to make original Christmas cards for your friends and family.

Who of us has trouble remembering how much fun decorating our Christmas trees were? The music, the singing and the laughter we shared with our family. Such great, unforgettable memories.

Every year, parents and children decorate their Christmas trees together; each tree decorated in its own unique way. Xmas Tree - Christmas Games is about giving this feeling.


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6 Ratings

fun, fun, fun

123 Kids Fun Christmas Tree is of course....FUN! Those silly little Meerkats have put up 6 different trees for decorating. There are 16 categories for choosing decorations, ranging from the traditional to pure zaniness. Want a tree decorated with aliens? . ..or banana peels? Customizing is easy. You are able to place photos in holiday bulbs to hang on your tree, as well as send out holiday cards. There is a promise of a gift under the tree beginning December 1st, which is a delightful addition for making the holiday more fun. The app does have an IAP for full function, however it is operational and fun to play with as is. Links are secured under a hold down button to keep little ones away from links, but older kids would need to have IAP's turned off or be monitored. Recommended for holiday fun.

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Nice idea to compose your own Christmas tree. Kids will love.

Christmas tree

Super fun game. I am eight years old and so far, I love this game

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Grinch Grab Christmas Punch Game

What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a Christmas punch game? This Grinch Grab game is a fun, festive game for all ages. Simply punch through tissue paper to find the prize inside. Just watch out, if someone grabs the heart, they can grab your prize too!

I’ve been on a Grinch kick lately. I’m thinking about making my son’s classroom Christmas party this year Grinch themed just because I already have all the ideas!

Seriously. Grinch cookies (they’re so cute), Grinch brownies, Grinch cupcakes, and today my newest punch game called Grinch Grab.

If you didn’t see my last punch game, this ghostbusters game went viral on TikTok. And my kids loved it so that’s a thing.

And if you’ve never seen a punch game before, it’s inspired by a game from Price is Right where the contestants have to punch through circles to try and win prizes. I’ve been making punch games since my gratitude game eight years ago, and my boys are obsessed.

And this one is my current favorite out of all of the Christmas party games I’ve shared this year! There’s a reason this and my Don’t Eat Santa game went bonkers on TikTok!

Grinch Grab Supplies

Supply Notes

I’ve included links to the actual supplies I used. I made this Christmas punch game Grinch themed but you could follow the same instructions to make a Christmas tree punch board with different colored cups and tissue paper! Totally up to you!

  • Light Green Plastic Cups – I used these lime green plastic cups. They’re not the best quality but they’re the perfect color for this game!
  • Light green tissue paper – I bought this pistachio green pack to use for some other Grinch activities I’m doing and it’s the perfect color for this Grinch game!
  • Rubber bands – any rubber bands work, just make sure they’re big enough to fit around the cups. I also recommend if you can get them, the thinner ones over the thicker ones. They just fit around the cups better!
  • Heart stickers – I grabbed a roll of these heart stickers. They’re the perfect size to take up a good space in the center of the cups! You could really use any heart stickers, but these seemed to be the ideal size.
  • Foam board – I just grabbed a white foam board from Dollar Tree to make my board. It’s not the sturdiest but works for my purposes!

The last thing you’ll need are prizes. I’ve included a huge section full of prize ideas if you’re making this a Grinch game later on this post so I’ll skip this for now!

How to Make a christmas Punch Game

The best part about this Christmas game is that it can be played at any holiday party or gathering – just grab some supplies to make your punch game and you’ll be ready to play in no time!

I’ve included instructions on how to make a basic Christmas punch game below but keep reading below the instructions to find out the key to making this a Grinch Grab game, not just a typical punch game.

That’s where the fun really starts!

1 – Make Your Punch Board

To make a Christmas punch game, you have to first start by making the actual punch board. To do that, lay out your cups on a white board to figure out your design and the number of cups you need.

I made a Christmas tree design (sort of) with 24 cups. I figured that was a pretty good number for any classroom party, kids party, or family party.


If you’ll have more people playing than you have space for on your foam board, no worries. Just make some extra sets of cups all stocked with goodies and ready to go. Then when people punch out cups, just slide the pre-filled cups inside of the emptied ones. It’s a quick hack for using one punch board for 25+ people!

Once you’ve figured out your design, hot glue the bottom of a cup and place it hot glue side down on the board at the bottom of your design.

Keep going until you’ve added all of your cups to the board. Try to keep them a little spaced out to make adding the tissue paper on top a little easier.

2 – Fill Your Cups

The second step is to fill all of those cups with Grinch goodies or if you’re just doing a generic punch game, Christmas goodies. I put together a huge list of ideas that would make great fillers for kids, teens, and adults below.

Anything Grinch themed, green colored, Christmasy, or things with hearts would be a great option.

If you’re doing this for kids at something like a classroom party, I recommend small treats and favors. If you’re doing this with teen and adults, you can get a bit more creative with things like gift cards, green cash, and actual prizes.

Make it a bit more interesting, which is especially fun once you get to the Grinch Grab part of the game!

Grinch Grab Filler Ideas
  • Grinch bracelets
  • Grinch figures
  • Grinch slime
  • Grinch socks
  • Grinch snot (these are too cute)
  • Grinch krispy treats
  • Green gift cards to places like Starbucks, Whole Foods or Subway

I even found some Grinch Hershey Kisses at the store that were perfect for a little extra filler for my cups or to use in this Christmas kisses trivia game!

If you need more ideas for green food ideas, here’s a whole list!

  • TicTacs
  • Gum (lots of green options!)
  • Sour Skittles
  • Mike & Ikes
  • Airheads
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Mint chocolates
  • Black Forest Gummy Bears
  • Nature Valley granola bars
  • Fruit by the Foot

So really pretty much anything works, just be creative!

Make It a Grinch Grab

If you’re planning to do this as a grinch game, put a heart sticker in three of the cups with the other prizes while you’re filling them. This is IMPORTANT! If you don’t do this before you cover the cups, you won’t be able to do the Grinchiest part of this game.

3 – Cover Your Cups

Lastly you need to cover your cups so that players have something to punch through.

Start by folding your tissue paper in half and cutting it in half.

Then fold what you just cut in half and cut it again so you have four squares of tissue paper for every individual piece of tissue paper you started with.

Make it even easier by cutting all of your tissue paper at once. Since the tissue paper is so thin, you can just stack the pieces together and cut them once in half then in half again. Easy as can be.

The pieces of tissue paper don’t need to be precise, they just need to be a good size to fit over the cups.

Once you have all of your tissue paper cut, place a heart sticker somewhere around the center of the tissue paper.

Then finish it off by placing the piece of tissue paper, with the heart in the center of, on top of your cup. Try to get the heart as close to the center as possible, only for aesthetic purposes, it really doesn’t matter.

Wrap a rubber band around the tissue paper and cup to secure it to the cup. This is much easier to do if you keep a bit of space between your cups as I mentioned earlier.

Then repeat with all of your tissue paper and all of your cups.

Your game will look like this and you’re ready to play!

How to Play a Christmas Punch Game

If you just want to use this as a typical Christmas punch game, it’s simple. Everyone gets a turn and on their turn they punch through the tissue paper on ONE cup (unless you’ve made enough for multiples).

They pull out any prizes inside and keep them. If they don’t like their prizes and want to switch with someone else who doesn’t like their prizes, they can do that.

I recommend doing that simple variation if you’re playing this with kids, especially if it’s a bunch of kids that aren’t your kids or family members.

Make Players Earn a Punch

Don’t want to make it that easy? Here are some other great ways that you could make getting the chance to punch a cup more challenging and turn it into a longer game!

  • Have people roll a dice and if they get doubles, they get to punch a cup! Kind of like in this candy bar game or this saran wrap game.
  • Have people answer Christmas trivia questions and if they get it right, they get to punch a cup! Kind of like I did with these ping pong games! Or you could make it a bit more exciting and only people who finish their tree in this Christmas trivia game get a prize!
  • Turn it into an incentive based game. Good behavior? Get to punch a prize. Finish all your homework, punch a prize. Earn 100 points, punch a prize. So many options with this one!
  • Have people play these Christmas minute to win it games and the person who wins each game gets to punch out a prize!
  • Play Christmas bingo and winners get to punch a prize. Mix it up with this Christmas movie bingo or this Christmas music bingo!

There are a ton of ways you could use this as the prize for Christmas party games. Or just come up with your own rules – the possibilities are endless!

How to Play Grinch Grab

However, if you want to turn this into a more exciting game, turn it into a true Grinch Grab. This game is, for obvious reasons once you read the rules, better for teens and adults who like a little more excitement in their game play!

Remember those three heart stickers I had you put into the three cups earlier? This is where those come into play.

Have everyone choose a number randomly from 1 to however many people you have playing. You can do this by cutting up little slips of paper or by doing any of the things I talk about in my gift exchange games post! The choosing cards one is my personal favorite.

Have everyone stand in a circle with the punch game at the front of the circle. People should stick around for the duration of the game.

Have the first person come to the game and punch through one of the cups. Grab any goodies out that are inside and show the entire group what they got, just like you would if you were doing this gift exchange card game.

Then they can tuck them away or hide them however they’d like. You’ll see why that matters in a minute!

Next, have the second person come up and punch through a cup and grab their prizes. Same thing – show the prizes off then get back in the circle.

Whenever someone punches through a cup and pulls out a prize PLUS a heart sticker, it’s called a Grinch Grab and similar to a gift exchange, that lucky little heart means that they can now choose to keep what was in their cup OR they can choose to trade with anyone who has already punched out a prize.

It’s just a trade, they’re not stealing, so both people still end up with prizes – just one person ends up with what they would consider the better of the two prizes.

The kicker is that they have to ask the person for their prize and remember what their prize was (not exactly but good enough like saying you want the money from Sarah is fine, no need to say you want the $10 bill from Sarah). If they ask the wrong person or ask for the wrong prize, they’re out of luck and lose the opportunity to trade.

The heart is only good for that particular round so if someone pulls a heart, they can only trade immediately, they can’t wait until someone else pulls out a prize they like more later.


If a heart sticker is pulled out in the first punch, that person is out of luck and that heart is wasted.

Keep playing until everyone has had a turn to punch out a cup and get a prize, then everyone keeps the prizes they have in hand. If anyone wants to switch after the game is over, they’re more than welcome to!

Turn it into a gift exchange

Love this idea but always do a gift exchange as one of your annual Christmas party ideas?

Have people bring a gift for a gift exchange that has two conditions – it has to be the color green and has to be small enough to fit in a plastic cup.

You can either have people bring their gifts wrapped (if you’re partial to the unwrapping process) or unwrapped. When they arrive, they should give you as the hostess the gift and you’ll secretly go and put their gift into one of the cups in another room.

Add your tissue paper and heart and top and keep doing this with guests gifts until all of the cups are filled and topped.

When you’re ready to play, just play in the exact same way as outlined above. If you want more stealing, feel free to add in additional heart stickers over three. Otherwise, people will still be exchanging gifts, just in a little more exciting way!

If someone gets their own gift, you can treat it like a heart where they get to trade with someone else!

More Christmas Games

If you like this Christmas punch game, you’ll love these other fun Christmas games!

  • Candy cane games – ten different Christmas games using just candy games! Perfect for hosting your very own candy cane Olympics!
  • Christmas bingo – a set of adorable Christmas bingo cards, great for playing in the classroom or at any party! Or mix it up and try Christmas movie bingo or Christmas music bingo instead!
  • Christmas would you rather – hilarious would you rather scenarios that are all Christmas inspired!
  • Christmas trivia printable game – tons of fun Christmas trivia questions you can either print and ask or just ask!
  • Christmas Family Feud – can you figure out what the audience thinks is the most popular Christmas song? Find out in this fun Christmas version of the popular game show! Like game shows, this Christmas danger words game might also be fun!

Christmas Punch Game

This fun Grinch themed Christmas punch board game is a super fun Christmas game that will have players trying to win prizes without getting them stolen!

Cook: 15 minutes

Total: 15 minutes

Serves1 game

  • ▢ 1 foam board or large piece of cardboard
  • ▢ 24 large light green plastic cups
  • ▢ 6 pieces light green tissue paper cut into 4 squares each (24 total pieces)
  • ▢ 27 heart stickers
  • ▢ 24 rubber bands
  • ▢ 24 prizes
  • Start by placing your cups on the foam board wherever you want them to go.

    1 foam board or large piece of cardboard, 24 large light green plastic cups

  • Once you’ve finalized your layout, hot glue the bottom of each cup and immediately place it in its spot on the board. Repeat this until you have a board full of cups with the open part of the cup facing up.

  • Add a prize into each of the cups. If doing the grinch game, add a heart sticker to three of the cups as well.

    24 prizes, 27 heart stickers

  • Cut your tissue paper into squares so you have 24 total squares. Add a heart sticker to each of the squares as close to the center as possible.

    6 pieces light green tissue paper, 27 heart stickers

  • Once your tissue paper is ready, carefully place your first piece of tissue paper on top of a cup. Use a rubber band to secure the tissue paper around the edges of the cup, pushing the issue paper down so that the heart sticker is as close to the center of the cup as possible.

    24 rubber bands

  • Set the board up leaning against a wall, fence, or railing and you're ready to play!

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Christmas tree.

DIY game for children | Games for children, didactic materials to borrow from a child's garden, boxes and roses

December 10, 2012

Children's Christmas tree

Kids love Velcro games very much. If you make a carpet board, then you can come up with thematic tasks for kids from different materials by sticking Velcro on them. For example, laminated pictures on self-adhesive Velcro make a great game that can be quickly created and changed frequently.

By the New Year, I especially want to surprise and please the kids with something. For them, you can make a personal Christmas tree, which you need to dress up not once, but as much as you want. In addition, such a game for children with their own hands develops fine motor skills, coordination of movements, attention and perseverance, as well as aesthetic taste. If you try hard, this children's Christmas tree will become a beautiful festive decor for your home.

It is very easy to make a Christmas tree out of carpet:

1. From a thin green carpet (it is often called “exhibition” carpet, I bought it in the “Epicenter” chain of hardware stores), we cut out a Christmas tree of the desired height, having previously drawn its contours with soap or chalk .

Christmas tree made of carpet

2. On paper, draw a few patterns of Christmas decorations, cut them out.

3. Apply patterns to small pieces of carpet of different colors, outline with a pencil, marker or chalk. Cut out the required number of Christmas decorations.

4. Sew a small piece of Velcro on each Christmas decoration. The toys for the Christmas tree are ready.

Velcro Christmas decorations

5. We choose a place in the apartment to place the Christmas tree and think over how to attach it there. We glued our Christmas tree to the front door with strong double-sided tape. You can glue the carpet on thick cardboard or fiberboard, and then hang the Christmas tree on a hook or nail. If you have a cork board, then the easiest way is to attach the Christmas tree to it with pins.

We place the Christmas tree on the front door

6. Carpeted Christmas decorations can be scattered right on the floor near the Christmas tree for the child to collect and stick, or you can put them in a beautiful basket next to the game.

The kid is decorating his own Christmas tree

7. Play with the kid, tell him about the New Year during the game, sing songs, let your game for children with your own hands cause him pleasant emotions. Believe me, the baby will remember for a long time how he decorated his own Christmas tree on his own.

Christmas tree in lights :)

Have a pleasant New Year's Eve and joyful children's laughter!

P.S. A master class on creating a New Year's grapefruit wreath can be viewed here.

This article was published by Grow clever in section 1-2 years old, 2-3 years old, Trees, Winter, DIY toys, Fine motor skills, New Year

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When did the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree begin?
What did the first Christmas decorations look like? And why can New Year's sets become a guide to the history of Russia? Find out by hanging toys on two Christmas trees

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In many myths about the creation of the world, there is a tree - Yggdrasil ash among the German-Scandinavian tribes, the biblical tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and so on. The spruce cult has the same ancient roots: for example, among the Finno-Ugric peoples, the evergreen spruce was considered a sacred tree, and the northern Mansi made sacrifices at the spruce, decorating it with multi-colored strips of fabric.

Christmas. Germany, 18th century © ullstein bild / Getty Images

It is known that already among the ancient Germans there was a custom for the New Year (that is, in autumn, and not at all in winter, as it is now) to go into the forest for a beautiful Christmas tree to decorate it with candles and colored rags. At some point, they began to bring the tree home, put it on the table, decorate it with sweets and apples. After the baptism of the German peoples (4th-8th centuries), pagan rites gradually acquired a new meaning: they began to decorate the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, calling it the Christmas tree - Weihnachtsbaum . It is believed that Christmas in its current form (that is, a family holiday for which children receive gifts) began to be celebrated under Martin Luther, a reformer of the German church.

This custom was finally established in Germany by the middle of the 18th century. Here is how Goethe describes the preparation for Christmas in The Sufferings of Young Werther (1774):

“The children soon broke his loneliness, they ran after him, hung on him, told each other: when tomorrow passes, and the day after tomorrow, and another day, then they will go to Lotta's Christmas tree and receive gifts; At the same time, they painted all sorts of miracles that their uncomplicated imagination promised them.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with their children at the Christmas tree. England, 1848 Wikimedia Commons

The tradition gradually spread to other European countries. In 1738, a Christmas tree was first installed in Versailles on the initiative of Maria Leszczynska, wife of Louis XV. And in 1840, a Christmas tree was first placed in front of the Tuileries Royal Palace in Paris. In 1800, the first Christmas tree was erected in England at the insistence of Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, who was German. This tradition was brought to America by German emigrants - according to some sources, Christmas trees began to be decorated already at the end of the 18th century, according to others - in the 19th century.

But in Russian traditional culture, spruce initially had a bad reputation. Spruce branches were used during funerals, and the tree was associated with all kinds of hell. Peter I tried to instill the German custom of celebrating Christmas at the Christmas tree. Returning from a trip to Europe, by decree of December 20, 1699, he ordered the reckoning not from the creation of the world, but from the birth of Christ, and to celebrate the New Year not on September 1, but on January 1. In the same decree, Peter explained exactly how this should be done: “On the large and passing noble streets, noble people and at the houses of deliberate spiritual and worldly rank, in front of the gate, make some decorations from trees and branches of pine, spruce and juniper ... and people meager for each even a tree or a branch on the gate, or over the temple, that is, to put his own house ”  Complete collection of laws of the Russian Empire. Decree No. 1736. However, after the death of Peter, these orders, like many of his other decrees, were forgotten. But not all: the tradition was picked up by the holders of drinking establishments - on New Year's Eve they installed Christmas trees on the roof or gate. Taverns even began to be called “Christmas Trees” or “Ivan Elkins”, and instead of “let’s go to the tavern for a drink”, they could say something like: “something the tree has fallen, let’s go pick it up”  Quoted. Quoted from: E. V. Dushechkina. Russian tree: history, mythology, literature. SPb., 2002..

Christmas tree in the Anichkov Palace. Alexey Chernyshev. Middle of the 19th century Wikimedia Commons

In Russia, the first Christmas tree was probably installed in St. Petersburg in the late 1810s by Nicholas I at the request of his wife, Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna, nee Princess Charlotte of Prussia. Gradually, the Petersburg aristocrats began to adopt the custom.

In the 1840s, small Christmas trees, already decorated with sweets, toys and lanterns, began to be sold in candy stores. “If you, dear mothers, have not yet acquired a Christmas tree, stop by the cafe-restaurant in the city of Dominica, on Nevsky Prospekt, in the house of the Petrovsky Church. We have never seen such beautifully decorated Christmas trees in St. Petersburg as this year at Dominik’s, ”an advertisement of that time said.

Anna Mikhailovna Daragan's 1845 manual for teaching children to read and write at home describes the New Year holiday in detail:

“Listen carefully to what is told here about the Christmas tree. In winter, all trees are without leaves. One tree remains green. On the feast of the Nativity of Christ, smart, kind, obedient children are given a Christmas tree. They hang sweets, pears, apples, gilded nuts, gingerbread cookies on the Christmas tree and give all this to kind children. Blue, red, green and white candles will burn all around the Christmas trees. Under the Christmas tree, on a large table covered with a white tablecloth, there will be various toys: soldiers, a drum, horses for boys; and for girls, a box with kitchen utensils, a work drawer and a doll with real hair, in a white dress and with a straw hat on her head "  A. M. Daragan. Christmas tree. A gift for Christmas: an alphabet with examples of gradual reading. SPb., 1845..

Christmas market. Heinrich Manizer. Late 19th — early 20th centuries © Fine Art Images / Diomedia

By the end of the 19th century, the Christmas tree was being decorated not only in St. Petersburg, but also in noble estates in the provinces. “The Christmas tree is now so firmly rooted in Russian society that it would never occur to anyone that it is not Russian,” wrote the philosopher and publicist Vasily Rozanov V. V. Rozanov. around the church walls.
SPb., 1906. At 19On the year 20, Korney Chukovsky writes in his diary:

“The children arranged an amazing thing: it turns out that for a month they saved up pieces of bread that they gave them [in] the gymnasium, dried them - and now, having made white pounds with pasted pictures, they stuffed these pounds breadcrumbs and laid them out under the tree - as gifts for parents! Children preparing a Christmas surprise for their father and mother! It is still not enough for them to convince us that this is all the work of Santa Claus! Next year I will put a stocking by the bed!” K. I. Chukovsky. A diary. 1901–1929 M., 1991.

In 1922, the authorities made an unsuccessful attempt to turn Christmas into "communist time" with a Christmas tree and celebratory propaganda events. But by the end of 1924, it became clear that the idea did not play a significant role in anti-religious propaganda. The real planned struggle against religion and Orthodox holidays began in 1925. By 1929, the Christmas tree was banned and completely gone underground: “In late December and early January, on the streets where the intelligentsia lived, everywhere windows were tightly curtained with curtains and blankets: a Christmas tree was secretly celebrated there,” recalls the oriental historian Igor Dyakonov of the events of the end of 1920s - early 1930s, op. Quoted from: E. V. Dushechkina. Russian tree: history, mythology, literature. SPb., 2002..

Christmas tree. Lithograph by Yuri Vasnetsov. 1930s © Fine Art Images / VG-Bild-Kunst Bonn / Diomedia

The restoration of the Christmas tree happened unexpectedly and overnight. On November 17, 1935, at the First All-Union Conference of Stakhanovites, Stalin uttered a significant phrase: “Life has become better, comrades. Life has become more fun." Life (and in particular childhood) in the USSR was supposed to be happy, and the usual joys could serve to strengthen the regime. Shortly thereafter, December 28, 1935 years old, in the Pravda newspaper an article was published under the heading "Let's organize a good Christmas tree for the New Year for children!". It said: "There should not be a single collective farm where the board, together with the Komsomol members, would not arrange a New Year's tree for their children on the eve of the New Year." Now all over the country, in kindergartens and schools, they hastily rushed to organize Christmas trees, which from now on have become a symbol of the celebration of the New Year, as well as the ideal Soviet childhood. In memoirs there are many descriptions of a festive tree in a variety of, often terrible, circumstances. These are testimonies of the decoration of the Christmas tree in the camps and exiles, where it became a symbol of hope and a reminder of the home, and Christmas trees during the war, which mothers, in spite of everything, arranged for children; descriptions of secret Christmas trees in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on the day of Catholic Christmas (after the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact this became a sign of dissidence) and many other memories.

Since 1935, the custom of celebrating the New Year under the Christmas tree was forcibly introduced in all Soviet republics - as evidenced by the following poem from 1939: And from the cabin the Christmas tree
is taken out by the mechanic.

They tried it - it pricks,
Like an evil fish bone.
"Why did
come to us here with such an angry guest?"

Preparing for Christmas. Sergei Dosekin. 1896 year © Fine Art Images / Diomedia

Gradually, along with the Christmas tree, a whole industry of Christmas decorations and a tradition of family-made homemade decorations arose. From the middle of the 19th century, expensive glass balls and other toys from Germany were sold in large Russian cities, pictures and patterns for Christmas crafts were printed in ladies' magazines, and artisans blew glass beads. In 1929, the Russian tradition of the Christmas tree ended, and in 19On the 35th, a new, Soviet Christmas tree appeared, with its own toys and valuables.

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