Located in eastern Europe, Ukraine is the second-largest country on the European continent after Russia. Ukraine is twice the size of Italy and slightly smaller than the state of Texas. Bordered on the south by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, Ukraine shares borders with the eastern European countries of Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Slovakia.
Carol of the Bells’ is a Ukrainian-American carol. The melody is taken from a Ukrainian folk chant, known since the 20th century as ‘Shchedryk’. And the lyrics are by American composer Peter Wilhousky. ‘Shchedryk’ translates as ‘The Little Swallow’ and before the Christmas lyrics were set, it was originally sung for the new year. It was arranged to tell the story of this little swallow by Ukrainian composer and teacher Mykola Leontovych in 1914.