People find a way , as many know , my girl grew up in the Soviet Union . You could go to prison for practicing a faith . One of the reasons why New Years is such a huge holiday in the Russian community is that eveything that was a Christmas tradition , was practiced in the disguise of celebrating ” New Year “. They also did it “underground ” in private . Now that Communism is dead there , everything is in the open and in full force , now its a crime to defile religious symbols . Ironic .