During Soviet times, when Dec. 25 was nothing more than another dark midwinter day, the big celebrations waited until New Year's Eve. Steven C. Johnson looks at the state of the Russian New Year's celebration today.Last year, a couple of repatriated Latvians spent Christmas Eve hugging warm beers and screaming to each other over the incessant din of techno music in a Riga nightclub, not a jot of egg nog, or even Rigas Balsams, in sight.It was not their planned destination, but virtually every cozy Riga pub was locked up tight, while only a handful of nightclubs remained bright and blaring."...
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