— What are the similarities and differences between Russian New Year and Western Christmas?
Though Russian New Year and Western Christmas have differences, they also have a lot in common. We both have grandfather figures who bring presents to good children. They both deliver all the presents to all the children at the same time on one night! This is pretty amazing, when you think about it.
Little kids don't even contemplate the obvious impossibilities - they are just happy that there are free cookies and no one is telling them to stop eating. Then, when kids are about 7 or 8, and they have had a few geography lessons, they begin to realise that are logical errors in the story. They inevitably ask how the simultaneous present delivery system really functions.
The answer to the problem is obvious: --- "Magic! -- Santa --- and Father Frost --- both have magical powers --- and that's all you need to know." -- Some kids are more sceptical than others, but --- as long as they get what they want for Christmas, they're usually willing to stretch their imagination. Sooner or later they will join the "enlightenment", but they will still enjoy the festivities... especially the presents.
But let's analyse Santa's and Frost's mode of operation. Also quite similar. They both live far beyond the arctic circle ---suspicious --- beyond the reach of normal humans --- (except for scientists and Russian and American navy personnel who patrol the frozen seas in nuclear submarines, presumably searching for Santa's and Frost's secret toy workshops)
Both Santa and Frost have helpers: Frost has forest animals and a granddaughter: the snow maiden --- Santa has little people called elves. They both have amazing toy production factories and both deliver free of charge. They only payment is good behaviour.
A pretty good deal if you ask me!