The exhibition "Christmas Memories" recreates the magical atmosphere of the holidays, as it was during the 20th century. The objects from the museum collection invite the visitors to step into the atmosphere of the Christmas holiday from the past when Moș Crăciun (Santa Claus) was then called Moș Gerilă, and the Christmas Holidays were back then Winter Holidays.
The central element of the exhibition is the Christmas tree, adorned with ornaments and garlands from the 60ies and 70ies of the 20th century, with snowflakes made of wadding, with walnuts and apples. Around the tree are exhibited decorations, Santa Claus figurines, bells and gifts for children offered by Santa - dolls, bears, puppies, trains, and so on. The exhibition offers the opportunity to (re)discover the favorite decorations and toys from our childhood, or that of our parents and grandparents.
The postcards give a note of originality to the exhibition. They are meant to show the magic of the winter holidays. They make up moments that descend from childhood fairy tales with Santa Claus, reindeers, fairy-tale landscapes with the spirit of Christmas, snowmen, fir trees, gifts, etc.
In the displayed images the exhibition shows an evolution of the representation of Santa Claus over hundreds of years, from the seventeenth century to the present day. Santa's representations have transformed over time, either according to the imagination of painters or cartoonists, or to the available drawing technique or the peculiarities of the times.
The exhibition "Christmas Memories" is the gift offered by the National Museum of History of Moldova at the end of year to all visitors, but especially to children.