Christmas toys appeared in the late 18th century, when decorations made of gold-plated spruce cones, silver-plated stars made of straw and small angels made of embossed brass became fashionable.
Since the 16th century, Christmas trees have been decorated only with edible "toys": apples reminiscent of the paradise fruits, unleavened waffles instead of prosphoras, pastila, gingerbread and nuts gilded with real gold leaf.
The top of the tree was decorated with the Star of Bethlehem, which showed Magi the way to the cave where Jesus Christ was born. On the tree there were figures of singing angels praising God, and shepherds with sheep who came to worship the Infant.
On the branches there were 12 burning candles in honor of the apostles. Gifts were also placed on the branches. Under the tree a bucket of water was placed in case branches caught fire from candles.
Families began to accept the tradition of making their own Christmas toys. On Christmas Eve, adults with children spent the evening making wadded and cardboard animals, angels, and snowflakes.
Since the middle of the 19th century, glass decorations have been fashionable. Russian traders once a year were sure to go to Germany, where they bought toys for sale. By the end of the 19th century the first "Christmas toys" factories opened in Klin and St. Petersburg.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, toys made of cotton wool appeared. Wool figures of animals, lady dolls, artisans and soldiers were spun on a wire frame, varnished and painted. In addition to the cotton wool, toys were made of cardboard: two halves of figures were glued together, so that they looked the same from every angle. Trees were decorated with colorful starched lace.