Through some form of cultural osmosis, Mariah Carey has become the unofficial gatekeeper of the American holiday season. Everybody has an opinion on the singer’s holiday hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but Mariah is coming whether you like it or not.

At the stroke of midnight, as the calendar flipped from October to November, Carey posted a video to her social media depicting her smashing pumpkins with a candy cane baseball bat while the iconic Christmas tune played. She declared Mariah season officially open. Twitter added a little Santa-themed emoji to go along with the hashtag.

“Ready? Let’s go!

#MariahSZN

The pumpkins had the words “It’s not time,” carved into them. Mariah first smashed the middle one, symbolically declaring that it is, indeed, time for her ubiquitous song to delight and annoy.

To be fair, Carey probably can’t wait for those royalty checks from her various Christmas songs to start rolling in either.

Despite a lot of public backlash against the song for being overplayed, Chart Data reported that the tune entered the top 200 songs on iTunes shortly after Carey made the post. The song has a history of re-emerging on the charts year after year. It’s no wonder Mariah makes such a big deal out of it.

The perpetual money printer and bane of retail workers everywhere, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was released in 2011. It hasn’t stopped playing somewhere in the world since. Carey hasn’t released a full-length album since 2018’s “Caution,” but, then again, why would she need to? Even The Rock is trying to get a piece of that Christmas bonus.

Mariah Carey’s legendary career certainly goes beyond one novelty holiday song. She’s released 15 studio albums and is the best-selling female artist since 1991 with equivalent sales of 55.5 million albums. It seems that is enough to make one the arbiter of the holiday season, and Mariah has rung this one in with a joyful bang.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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