One way is to have the myth penetrate into holidays unconnected one would think with it. And that is happening with New Year’s celebrations as young people are being encouraged to link New Year’s trees with the victory by decorating them appropriately and using the decorations as occasions to talk not about the future but about the past.
Moscow’s Museum of Victory started this process last year by using its New Year’s tree to train guides and youth group leaders about 1945. Now, they are fanning out into society and encouraging young Pioneers and others to decorate their trees accordingly and think about events long before they were born and of which few survivors remain.
The New Year’s tree is to become a Victory Tree, and those who hear such appeals are intended to fall into “a patriotic ecstasy.” Whether that happens or whether such ideological overreach will have just the opposite effect, of course, depends on the individual and thus remains to be seen.