It isn't easy refreshing your Christmas music playlist. A worthy original with just the right mix of novelty and nostalgia is hard to find.
But last year, giving contenders a run for their money, ActionAid Sweden released a holiday album titled "All I Want for Christmas Is a Goat," in which Christmas classics were reinterpreted using, well, goats.
It looks like the collection was a hit—because this year, with help from its agency Wenderfalck, ActionAid has organized a charity concert around it. In it, an actual female choir joins forces to bleat out the hits in ways that would impress even the Billy Goats Gruff.
This concert poster would make an excellent sweater, by the way.
Here they are singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas":
ActionAid calls the goat its hero. The concert is a tribute to how goats help fight poverty, providing milk for families, as well as a stream of income they can use to pay for school and food, which empowers women and the community at large.
With the money the charity concert and the songs raise, more goats will be set loose to help advance these goals.
Below is the full concert, which is more relaxing than you might expect. We like how there's a wide diversity of goat noises, and how they don't feel obliged to follow the master tune. It feels more true to life.
More importantly, the women just power through this like champs.
ActionAid Sweden's fundraising head Gabriella Ulfwi commends the "warmth and humor" of the choir's interpretation. "Our ambition is to raise awareness for our work with equality, women's rights, empowerment, the goat's importance and our fight for a world free from poverty," she says.