New Year’s Tree, Santa Claus, and Pizza

My family is from the Soviet Union, a country where Christmas celebrations were prohibited since its foundation in 1917.  Thankfully, Russians are smart, and so instead of displaying Christmas trees, they displayed New Year’s trees! Instead of bringing gifts on Christmas, Santa Claus would crawl down the chimney on New Year’s so that all the little tykes can be overjoyed on January 1st. All the wonderful traditions of Christmas became New Year’s traditions. For that reason, New Year’s has always been my favorite holiday. A few days before the year’s end, before the family got together, I would write a program of activities for the evening. With the same spirit of ingenuity as my ancestors, for one whimsical reason or another, one year I decided that we must serve pizza at the center of a table replete with Russian delicacies.  “9pm”, my program would read, “Pizza is served.” This tradition continues to this day whenever I am fortunate enough to spend New Year’s at home and is the inspiration for the beautiful “Holiday Pizza” sticker pack, now available on the Apple App Store.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/holiday-pizza/id1187747847?mt=8

 

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