The first public Christmas tree in Saint Petersburg

07 January, Wednesday
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On January 7, 1852 in the hall of the Moskovsky railway station the first public Christmas tree was installed

The Christmas tree tradition was brought to Russia from Germany by Peter the Great. It was not accepted by locals at once, as the coniferous trees had long been the symbol of evil spirits in Ancient Rus. However, as the time passed, the custom slowly became common. At first only the rich people could afford putting a decorated trees in their home. The first public Christmas tree in the hall of the Moskovsky railway station was decorated with toys, sweets, fruit, candels and a star on the top.

January 7, 1852
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