Lifestyle Pets 8 Holiday Carols Featuring Critters Big and Small! Fa la la la la! You can't help but sing-along to these moo-ving animal-inspired holiday tunes By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 17, 2009 02:47 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 08 I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS Newpix/Rex USA “Only a hippopotamus will do,” reads this 1953 number, which shuns dolls and Tinkertoys. Performed by then-10-year-old Gayla Peevey, it garnered the girl a free hippo, which she donated to her local Oklahoma City zoo. Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 02 of 08 COWS LOVE CHRISTMAS Peter Macdiarmid/Rex USA This cute country tune tells the tale of cowboys on a cattle drive desperate to be home with their families for Christmas. The song also shows that cows can be “udderly” sentimental for the holidays, too! Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 03 of 08 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER CBS It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas if you haven’t heard this golden oldie. Eventually spun off into a television special and a movie, “Rudolph” even teaches a lesson that’s evergreen: being different can be a gift in itself! Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 04 of 08 DOMINICK THE ITALIAN CHRISTMAS DONKEY Ray Tang/Rex USA Reindeer? No thanks! For those treacherous hills of Italy, only Dominick the Donkey will do. This 1960 song – which made a radio comeback in the ’90s – honors the brave creature who pulls presents uphill on his sled. Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 05 of 08 SNOOPY'S CHRISTMAS Everett Though actually a reference to World War I, the song paints a picture of Snoopy and his nemesis, the Red Baron, engaged in a fight. The two eventually set aside their differences to celebrate Christmas Eve. Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 06 of 08 THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Joseph Devenney/Getty How many animals are featured in this traditional tune? Seven swans a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves – and of course, a partridge in a pear tree. That’s a total of 23! Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 07 of 08 GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER Les Wilson/Rex USA While not the most sensitive of anthems, this Christmas hit gives a lighthearted spin to the holidays. The title – and lyrics (“There were hoof prints on her forehead, and incriminating Claus marks on her back”) – certainly makes a lasting impression! Click here to buy the song on iTunes! 08 of 08 THE CHIPMUNK SONG Everett Will there ever be a line as oft-repeated as, “Me, I want a hula hoop”? We think not! The iconic childrens melody, which won three Grammy Awards, stays relevant even today, more than 50 years after it was first recorded. Click here to buy the song on iTunes!