Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
The holidays mean spending extra time with the extended family. Sure you love them, but who doesn’t have a loony or two in mix. This season I say learn from your horses and embrace those crazy cousins. For the equine clan, the Christmas season is a time to let their silliest sparkle!
Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey
Case in point – Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey. When the question of a pop culture Christmas hero comes up, it usually involves a particular reindeer with a nose so bright. But it seems that reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy, so that’s Dominick’s cue to shine! Learn how this very special member of the equus family saves they day with this cute video created as an art class project.
You may recall me saying something about Sufjan Steven’s prolific nature when it comes to Christmas carols in my Winter Beats playlist. Well hold on to your hunt caps people, because he’s not through with you yet! Here comes “Christmas Unicorn.”
This dark Christmas song closes out his second five-disc box set of holiday tunes, called Silver and Gold. Last year he took his holiday show on the road under the grand title: Surfjam Estabanopolis Christmas Spectacular Seasonal Affective Disorder Sing-a-long Sensation. Whoa that’s a mouth full. The thirteen-minute performance of “Christmas Unicorn” stole the show. Take a look at this video and I’m sure you’ll see why!
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
For Oklahoman Gayla Peevey in 1953 it seems that asking for a pony under the Christmas tree had just become too cliché. So naturally she thought why not go bigger! Ask for a River Horse, or what we commonly know as a Hippopotamus.
And guess what folks she got one! That’s right. Although the song was not originally recorded as a fundraiser, a promoter picked up on the popularity of the song and Peevey’s local roots, and launched a campaign to present her with an actual hippopotamus on Christmas. The campaign succeeded, and she was presented with a real live hippopotamus, which she donated to the city zoo.
So dream big this holiday season, and enjoy this modern take on the “classic” performed by British duo Verity & Violet.