When the Soviets suppressed religion during the communist era, Russians swapped the classic St. Nicholas for Ded Moroz, meaning “Grandfather Frost”. Closely resembling Santa Claus, he dresses in a long red fur coat and hat, appearing not for Christmas but instead on New Year’s Day. He dons a rounded fur cap and carries a tall magical staff. Ded Moroz doesn’t have the secretive delivery skills of Santa – he’s known for his in-person gifting at New Year celebrations. He’s often flanked by his granddaughter Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden, who helps him distribute gifts.