Koliada or koleda is an ancient pre-Christian winter festival. It was later incorporated into Christmas. In modern Ukrainian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Kashubian, Romanian and Polish, the meaning has shifted from Christmas itself to denoting the tradition of strolling, singing, and having fun on Christmas Eve. (source)
This source states “Kolyada” is the Russian Santa Claus. (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1936)
Walk about on Christmas Eve,
At our window cakes he’ll leave.
Come this holy night, we pray.
Come and bring us Christmas Day.
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