Mariah Carey has long been dubbed the Queen Of Christmas by fans for her frenzy of holiday-themed projects and social media posts each year that typically start when the calendar reaches November.
And now, in an interview with W Magazine, the chart-topping singer is sharing just why she loves the Christmas holiday so much.
‘I know a lot of the time people are like, ‘Oh, yay! Look at her! She’s, like, so festive and such a Christmas girl,’ or whatever. But, really, Christmas makes me happy,’ Carey, 53, explained to the magazine.
What’s behind her love of holidays: Mariah Carey, 53, revealed the reasons why she has become Christmas-obsessed; the five-time Grammy Award winner is pictured with her twins Monroe and Moroccan, whom she shares with ex-husband Nick Cannon
The five-time Grammy Award winner added that ‘People think I had this princess-style life or whatever, a kind of fairy-tale existence where I just emerged, like, “Here I am!” And that is not what it is. I doubt you have enough time to write about all that, so we won’t go into it.’
She then proceeded to share what sounded like the main reason for her being Christmas-obsessed, and it all starts with her childhood growing up in Huntington, New York.
‘But when you grow up with a messed-up life and then you’re able to have this transformation where you can make your life what you want it to be? That is joy for me,’ she explained. ‘That’s why I want my kids to have everything they can have. I want them to be able to understand that they can be anything they want to be.’
Carey often tries to get her 11-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan, who she shares with ex-husband Nick Cannon, involved in her many holiday-themed projects, which includes appearing together at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, as well as year’s past.
Christas-obsessed:’ I know a lot of the time people are like, ‘Oh, yay! Look at her! She’s, like, so festive and such a Christmas girl,’ or whatever. But, really, Christmas makes me happy,’ Carey, 53, explained to the W Magazine
Her take: Carey shard about not having ‘a princess-style life’ growing up in Huntington, New York in the interview with W Magazine; she is pictured during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, November 24
Fantasy life: ‘But when you grow up with a messed-up life and then you’’e able to have this transformation where you can make your life what you want it to be? That is joy for me,’ the singer explained of her love of Christmas; the New York native is seen at 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, for which she served as one of the performers
Some would argue that she sealed her Queen Of Christmas moniker with the success of her now holiday classic, All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994).
Written and produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, the song has the distinction of being the ‘#1 Billboard greatest of all time holiday 100 songs’, with ‘one billion streams worldwide’, helping it to become among the best-selling Christmas song of all time, with an estimated sales of over 16 million copies worldwide.
‘I’m freaking out!!!! 1 billion!!! These numbers are incredible, but the love I have for the #lambily is unquantifiable. Eternally grateful and blessed,’ she wrote on Instagram on December 5, 2021, along with three red heart emojis.
The song is certified Platinum by RIAA, denoting sales of 10 million copies in the United States, becoming the first and only holiday song to accomplish this feat.
Face of the holidays: Mariah Carey has long been dubbed the Queen Of Christmas by fans for her frenzy of holiday-themed projects and social media posts each year
Christmas standard: Some would argue that Carey sealed her Queen Of Christmas moniker with the success of her now holiday classic, All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994), which is now considered among the best-selling Christmas-themed song of all time
In another example of its longevity and staying power, All I Want for Christmas Is You has charted every holiday season since it was released 28 years ago.
Last March, Carey tried to trademark the term ‘Queen Of Christmas’, which would have resulted in her being the only person to legally use it.
According to the application filed with the U.S. Trademark Office, her company, Lotion LLC, wanted to use the moniker, along with ‘Princess Christmas’ and ‘QOC’ for the branding of an array of products such as lotions, fragrances, makeup, clothing, jewelry, mugs, cloths, food, ornaments, music and dog accessories, as reported by Fox News.
But in the end, the Trial Trademark And Appeal Board rejected her trademark request.
QOC: The singer-songwriter tried to trademark the ‘Queen Of Christmas’ term but was recently rejected by the Trial Trademark And Appeal Board
Unofficial start of holiday season: Carey often announces ‘It’s time’ for Christmas in November