Thursday, 28 June 2012

House of Father Frost, Veliky Ustyug, Russia



Contrary to popular belief, Santa Claus -- or, as many Slavs know him, Father Frost – does not live at the North Pole. Instead, he lives in a desolate Russian forest populated by kitsch statues of foxes and obese children that have pretty much nothing to do with Christmas. Visitors are marched down a wooded path littered with “Merriments for Youth” activities (including pinecone basketball and a peek inside the cabin of “Bread Man”) before hitting the main attraction: an over-the-top 12-room mansion housing Santa’s Liberace-like wardrobe, magnificent pillow collection and the alarmingly tall man himself. (Tamara Sheward)

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