By Nicholas Cimarusti
Originally published on Advocate.com December 06 2013 2:50 PM ET
Chicago's Gay Hockey Association recorded a heartwarming rendition of Mariah Carey's holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas," and judging by the viral response the video's garnered, all America wants for Christmas are these gay hockey players.
Within the first 24 hours after it was posted on YouTube November 28, the video racked up more than 10,000 views, according to NBC. The viral video has currently been viewed more than 105,000 times.
The gay Chicago team debuted its video on Thanksgiving, and provides its own vocals for the holiday chart-topper. Though the team's icecapades are light-hearted and will easily invoke a smile, the message behind the song and dance carries more importance. "Please take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of this project," the team posted to its Facebook page. "It's a lot deeper than you might expect. Embrace one another for our differences and have some fun!"
While the hockey players don't hit the high notes as well as Mariah does, the team's imperfect harmonizing only adds to the video's charm. They cross their sticks and slap those pucks to show the true meaning of holiday spirit: Loving and accepting others for who they are.
"We want you to put aside your differences," reads the video's YouTube description, drafted by the team. "And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends. If you take a step back and look, you may surprise yourself with how much you have in common with people. The person next to you on the train could become your best friend. After all, aren't we all just looking for love? Don't forget to laugh a little. And sing a little. Happy Holidays y'all!"
Be on the lookout for a slinky leather Santa skirt that makes a special appearance, right before the entire team does a can-can line. All they want for Christmas is for you to feel that holiday spirit. Just try to remain a grinch while watching the video below. We dare you.