Rosemarie and Charlene Todaschuk from "The Spirit of Ukrainian Christmas" album cover. (chronic creative/Steve Salnikowski)
Merry Ukrainian Christmas!
Since today, Saturday January 7, is Ukrainian Christmas we thought it pertinent to get a behind the scene look at just what the day brings. So we asked the always charming performers, the Todaschuk Sisters, to fill us in.
Rosemarie and Charlene Todaschuk have captivated audiences throughout North America and in Ukraine. Their performances have taken them from the Bicentennial Celebrations in Los Angeles to the P.N.E. in Vancouver, Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin to festivals and celebrations in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Ukraine. They are also anthem singers for major sports events and organizations like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Todashuk Sisters will be singing traditional Ukrainian Christmas Carols at McNally Robinson tonight (Saturday January 7) at 8:00 p.m.
Here they reflect on what Ukrainian Christmas means to them:
Ukrainian Christmas is a time of year that reminds us of the many family traditions and customs we hold close to our hearts; symbolizing our faith and celebrating life as we soulfully sing the most beloved of traditional Ukrainian Christmas carols, Kolyadky.
As sisters, we are truly blessed to look forward to each Christmas with memories that always remind us of how our mother prepares Sviat Vechir or Holy Supper with the twelve Lenten dishes which symbolize the twelve apostles and are prepared with no meat or dairy products. Hay is put under the table and under the tablecloth to remind us of the birth of Christ in the