Not least among Russian traditions that Westerners find odd is Christmas - it comes 13 days late, "Santa" doesn't live in the North Pole and you wait until midnight on New Year's to hear...the President! RBTH tries to explain some of the peculiarities about winter holidays in Russia...

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Happy Soviet New Year’s Eve

Anna Kharzeeva

Russia’s biggest night of the year combines family traditions with a big party and enough food to last a week

Zalivnoye: Falling in love again

Jennifer Eremeeva

Our culinary maven takes her annual cooking challenge: to fall in love – or possibly just lust – with another New Year’s Eve fixture

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