Source Pravda.Ru

Woman spends 45 years playing Santa Claus

A female resident of Russia's Novgorod region has been playing the part of Father Frost's (the Russian Santa Claus) for 45 years already. Sixty-five-year-old Vera Baranova will put on Father Frost's costume on December 31st for the 45th time in her life.

The elderly woman says that she started her Father Frost "career" when she turned 20. In 1960, Vera was working in one of the kindergartens of Veliki Novgorod. There was no man in the kindergarten, who could play the role of Father Frost for little children's New Year party. The personnel decided not to deprive the kids of the festive happiness: they cast lots, and 20-year-old girl Vera Baranova had to play the male part, RIA Novosti reports.

Children liked the unusual Father Frost a lot, which became the reason why the woman started wearing white beard and hair on every New Year's Eve to entertain the children of the kindergarten.

Vera Baranova did not give up her special winter occupation even when men appeared in the personnel of the kindergarten. She quickly declined the offer to play Father Frost's assistant, Snow Girl (known in Russia as Snegurochka): "I grew so accustomed to the role that I could not imagine myself without the beard, the red coat, and the sack of gifts for little children. I will continue playing Father Frost as long as I can stand on my feet," the woman said.

More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?

Venezuela may expect another Panama scenario from 1989
Comments
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Ukraine's exit from Commonwealth of Independent States will affect common Ukrainians most
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
British football fans spineless to unleash World War Three in Russia during World Cup
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
British football fans spineless to unleash World War Three in Russia during World Cup
Beautiful and terrifying: Russia shows video of Bulava ICBM underwater salvo launch
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Kremlin wants foreign invaders out of Syria
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
What may happen to foreign tourists traveling for 2018 World Cup in Russia
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Russian special services detain Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Crimea
Russian special services detain Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Crimea
Foreign Ministry official explains why Russia had to sell Alaska to US
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Just Words on Scraps of Paper
Just Words on Scraps of Paper
SWIFT refuses to cut Russia off, even if Washington insists