Here are some of my favorite Russian Christmas cartoons back from the 1950s and 1960s. Why do I like them? - Exciting stories, great drawings and wonderful music.Even if your child does not speak Russian he will be able to enjoy them (and may be even want to learn a new language along the way :-). You will get acquainted with Russian equivalent of Santa - Father Frost and his granddaughter - Snowmaiden.
СНЕГОВИК-ПОЧТОВИК - SNOWMAN THE POSTMAN
КОГДА ЗАЖИГАЮТ ЕЛКИ - WHEN CHRISTMAS TREES ARE LIGHTED
NUTCRACKER - ЩЕЛКУНЧИК - simply the masterpiece staged to Tchaikovsky music. Made as a love story that will make you cry... One of the best Soviet cartoons ever - now with English subtitles!!!
NEW YEAR'S NIGHT - НОВОГОДНЯЯ НОЧЬThe adventures of Father Frost on New Year's eve when he received a request to bring kids a new year tree with golden cones. This animation was done in 1940s, right after World War II was over. I am amazed at the spirit of people who just lost 20 million dead in combat but who can still come up with wonderful fairy tales like that.
"The Night Before Christmas" by Nikolai Gogol. It is a Russian silent film produced in 1913, an extremely rare footage, based on the Gogol's tale. The plot: it is a love story with a twist - a flying witch and a flying devil messing around (ex.: the dvil steals the moon). It is NOT scary, it is more of a comedy appropriate even for children, I would say. If you want to read the original tale, please go to Christmas Gifts page where you can find the link to Gogol's book.
The movie consists of 5 parts: