Mariah Carey, particularly when it comes to celebrating the holidays, does not do things like anyone else. The Grammy-winning pop star takes her rituals to the next level by going over-the-top with her yuletide festivities, unlike us mere mortals who ring in the holiday season with some cookies, eggnog, and classic Christmas films.
Would you like to know what they are? To learn more about Carey’s Christmas traditions, read on below, which are nothing short of fabulous, darling!
Mariah Carey always dreamt of having the perfect Christmas as a child.
Carey may be a big Christmas fan, but for her, the holiday season hasn’t always been merry and bright.
Growing up, there was no money in the singer’s family for lavish presents. But despite not being well off, with her mother, who tried her best to bring the “trauma and drama” in their lives side by side for that one day, Carey made the most of the happy day.
Still, her “dysfunctional family members”, namely her half-brother and girlfriend, will always end up destroying Carey’s Christmases.
According to the hitmaker, at Christmas dinner, her brother would sometimes get into heated fights that would “burst into a torrent of verbal abuse.”
It had become a standard for Carey to deal with these unhappy experiences during the festive season as a child. She never lost hope, though, and still dreamed of having a “perfect” Christmas one day.
In her memoir, The Sense of Mariah Carey, Carey recalls, “I’d sit there in the center of the chaos, crying and wishing.” Wishing that they would stop shouting, wishing that my mother could stop them from yelling and cursing. Wishing I could be safe and merry somewhere, somewhere that felt like Christmas.
All Carey could do was use her imagination to escape from reality in the midst of all the drama, and doing so helped her to imagine her ideal Christmas: one filled with fun, laughter, and a lot of holiday joy.
‘I set out to create my own little magical, merry Christmas world,’ she added. “Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, and all the bells and trimmings that a little girl’s dreams might hold, filled my imaginary Christmas.”
Mariah Carey started designing lavish Christmases after divorcing her first husband.
Carey tried to dream up the ideal holiday for herself and her family as the years passed.
But after her divorce from her first husband, Tommy Mottola, in 1998, it all changed. Carey finally gave herself the Christmas she had always desired after their short marriage by making the holidays as lavish and over-the-top as she could possibly do.
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I built the Christmases I wanted to have after I kind of emerged from my first relationship-slash-marriage [to Tommy Mottola],” she told ELLE magazine recently.” “When I was 12, a lot of really bad things happened to me. But there is also the spirit of that boy, that warrior who doesn’t give up, who loves who she is, even though, from my point of view, the world didn’t understand that.
For the holiday season, Mariah Carey has no trouble going over-the-top.
Now that Carey is all grown up and has a family of her own, one of her top goals is to make sure that her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, have a great Christmas each year.
“For my children, I want to make it magical. You know, I suppose it’s the kind of childlike Christmas love that saved me. “I’ve been going through so much all year long just to have a great Christmas,” she told Cosmpolitan UK, explaining. For 2019. “Thank you, I enjoyed it very much. I think everybody wants to spend Christmas with me because it’s a wonderful experience.
As for how she and her children spend the holidays, Carey revealed that with their Christmas celebrations, she goes above and beyond.
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“Christmas officially starts on the 23rd with my extended family. We’re not together, but Nick [Cannon, Carey’s ex-husband and the father of her twins] will usually come by. And usually we’re in Aspen, (they stay in a $22 million estate courtesy of Airbnb),” she shared with the publication. “When I get off the plane, our drivers have All I Want For Christmas… playing, we have hot cocoa and some butterscotch schnapps. Then we’ll go through the woods on a two-horse open sleigh with blankets and real reindeer.”
The singer continued, “It’s freezing cold but it’s beautiful and you’re looking at the stars. It’s an incredible moment I love every year.”
While some of these traditions may be a bit unrealistic for the average class American, Carey says she also partakes in a few activities that are holiday staples in most families.
“[We play] taboo every year. Now sometimes, just to get the kids involved in writing and stuff, we’ll do Head’s Up, which is pretty much like Taboo,” she explained. “I’m pretty competitive.”
She added, “I watch only Christmas movies and I listen to only Christmas music – that’s the only thing that’s allowed to happen in my house. I used to bring DVDs but now it’s usually between Netflix and Amazon Prime – they have categories for Christmas movies. I love It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf, Four Christmases and [of course] Love Actually – my song is in that, I had to approve it.”