Vintage Grandfather Frost ("Дед Мороз"). This unusual Grandfather Frost appeared in the late 1980s when Gorbachev's reforms began to filter through Russia. Grandfather Frost has "Happy New Year" ("С Новым Годом") written on his blue gift bag, indicating his association, not to Christmas, but to New Year. He holds a painted and decorated paddle-shape New Year Tree and his fur-trimmed red coat is covered with stars and pine cones. Note that the sharp facial features of this carving have a wizard-like, impish, even clownish aspect to him. It has not yet been softened into the currently popular Grandfather Frost combined with a western Santa Claus. A nice unique historical addition to a Russian Christmas collection. 10½" tall. In great shape. 1 only, as shown.