Tis’ the time of the season. Advent and the approach of Christmas. Sometimes we get bogged down in arguments so it’s nice to take a break and perhaps listen to Christmas Carols not part of the Western “cannon” so to speak. However, one of the most famous “English” Christmas Carols is the Ukrainian Carol of the Bells. It’s Ukrainian but became famous in the West.
I’ve included links to religious carols done modern, Old-Country-like, and in between for variety. The famous Ukrainian Ivan Maistrenko mentioned in his memoirs of life in Ukraine that even under the Russian tsars and later under the Soviets (Istoriya Moho Pokolinnia (University of Alberta press) the Imperial Muscovite Church frowned on Ukrainian villagers’ christmas carols - which was a bigger tradition in Ukraine - both Catholic and Orthodox parts. Well they still surivive and even Russians make use of them now.
For starters there is the exotic “Oy, U Yasnim Nebi” which is about Christ’s nativity and the bright sky. Here’s the video:
Here is a more country-like “Nova Radist’ Stala” about the Christmas Star descending upon the manger:
Here is a more modern take on the traditional and popular “Dobryi Vechir Tobi” or “Merry Evening to You” expressing carolers delight on Christmas eve and proclaiming Joy to the World, performed by Ukraine’s current pop stars:
and a traditional take: youtube.com/watch?v=4932RnyP2Lg&feature=related
Here is a children choir’s rendition of a sweet carol:
Here is a carol with no video but beautiful song about the baby Jesus sleeping: Spy, Isuse, Spy. youtube.com/watch?v=9BOiys_ArQo&feature=related
And finally Victor Pavlyk’s nice contributions:
Merry Christmas everyone, and if anyone has any nice carols from their tradition to add, Go ahead!