I have always been intrigued by the biblical ‘light from the east’ that led the wise men in the traditional nativity scenes. Clearly, the East was seen as a place of wisdom and culture, and indeed stars. Obviously, this one is ripe for some communist symbolism, given that the red star is a very communist one:
From a nativity scene to the Soviet red star:
Although in the Soviet Union they tended to focus celebrations on New Year’s Day
With Lenin, of course:
And an emphasis on Soviet achievements in space:
Now we still have the red star from the East, the red star over China:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!