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Every Christmas Eve in old Russia, legend has it that a beautiful elf-maiden wearing a long white robe would travel from home to home bearing holiday gifts and treats. Lovely "Kolyada" and her decorated sleigh always won the love and honor of the local children. They would gather in their villages to sing carols in her name, hoping against hope to hear the jingling of her golden bells before they were called off to bed by their parents.
One of "Kolyada's" traditional songs tells of the three inner chambers that appear in every home. One contains the bright moon, the second plays host to the fiery sun, and the third serves as keeper for the stars. The moon represents the man of the house, the sun is the homemaker, and the stars are their adorable children.
Imagine the fun Russian youngsters would have conjuring up images of a pretty gift-giver like our "Kolyada". Her white textured robe features military-style trim in gold, and a furry collar to match her warm, halo-like cap. Her bright eyes shine as she smiles and prepares to descend from her decorated sleigh, ready to deliver a basketful of gifts to the good boys and girls of the community. In the back of her sleigh sits her own pretty little Christmas tree, decorated with a single golden star atop its graceful branches.
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