On principle of communism is to have no links to religion. As a result after the October revolution in 1917 the traditional Christian holiday was adapted. In 1935, the Christian celebration became part of a more secular New Years holiday. A ёлка, or a spruce was decorated, just like a Christmas tree. Just like Christmas, houses put up decorations. Instead of Santa visiting, Дед Мороз, also know as Grand Father Frost came and delivered gifts with his granddaughter Снегурочка, the snow maiden.