For this year's Holiday Winter bash, I had earned the Warm Welcome hat. It was a traditional-looking Russian style hat, with a red and yellow star on its front. I liked it because it referenced the Soviet Union, which I unshamefully admit to have taken a liking to. But This morning, I came to check my inbox and noticed something different. The Star was replaced with a heart. I was confused and wanted to ask why my favourite hat has been changed.
The "Warm Welcome" hat was changed as per this discussion on the main SE Meta. Essentially, it was changed because it referenced the Soviet Union - users from former Soviet nations objected to the use of a symbol that, to them, represented an oppressive, totalitarian regime. While not everyone agreed it was offensive, enough people did agree that the SE staff decided to change the design.