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Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas And Here Are All Of The Reasons Why

Mariah Carey has firmly held the white and red pompon crown since the debut of her 1994 Christmas album and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Every year, she systematically and steadily usurps Santa Claus as the most important Christmas figure.

There’s a reason her reputation has only grown stronger almost 25 years later: she goes harder at Christmas than anyone. From casual strolls around the block to annual performances of that iconic album, Carey embodies all that is Christmas.

Mariah Carey released her album “Merry Christmas” in 1994 and it is still a cultural phenomenon.

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Carey wasn’t sure if she had the musical clout to release the album so early in her career but she went for it. Everyone who celebrates Christmas is so happy that she did, tbh.

Her “Merry Christmas” album, especially the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” always makes it back to the Billboard Top 100 charts this time of year.

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There is no surprise when you think about it. Carey has been the Christmas icon so many of us recognize and admire. Not only does her song keep coming back, she also has Christmas concerts and spends the days of December sharing her love of Christmas nonstop.

The meme community fully recognizes her royalty status.

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While Carey recently dropped a new album, “Caution,” all I’ve listened to today is “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” ‘Tis the season to see Carey all over your Twitter feed.

She’s already hanging out with The Rockettes.

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Carey made an appearance when radio station 107.9 switched over to Christmas music, debuting with the Queen of Christmas’ “All I Want for Christmas Is You” track. Of course she had to drop by to say hi. Someone mentioned Christmas.

Her Buena Noche outfit last year was legendary.

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Caption: “@MariahCarey spotted in Aspen on Christmas eve”

It’s Aspen. We’re over here in Los Angeles wearing three layers of flannel pajamas to keep warm when it drops to 50 degrees, but she is flawless.

She only takes interviews on board a Christmas sleigh, as she should.

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Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it’s how it should be. She is Christmas royalty and this seems like the most appropriate setting for a Christmas time interview with her.

Last year, she brought her kids to meet real live reindeers with Santa, of course.

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Note that Santa Claus is in the backdrop. It’s the only place he belongs when Mariah Carey is involved. La Reina is front and center.

She’s made it puro claro that the tree stays up long after Three Kings Day.

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The Queen of Christmas has spoken. That’s why my mami has a “year round Christmas tree.” She decorates it for Fourth of July, tambien.

Oh, her album is the best selling Christmas album of all time.

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When copies were a thing, it sold over 15 million copies. When ringtones were a thing, it was the best selling holiday ringtone of all time. There is no stopping the power of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Because of her track record, she’s gone on to write songs for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).

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Her musical and Christmas prowess really made the film everything that it is. Who else could pull together such amazing Christmas music for a film?

She then released a second Christmas album in 2010.

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She called it “Merry Christmas II You.” Get it? The album debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it the second ever Christmas album to top that chart.

Then she dueted “All I Want for Christmas is You” with Justin Bieber.

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She literally can’t get enough of the Christmas compilations. Wonder when the Christmas music starts playing in her head?

Carey told Jimmy Fallon that her urge to listen to Christmas music is so strong she has to create rules to moderate herself.

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“I have this rule where I try to get through Thanksgiving. I don’t like when people rush it because once I start, I don’t stop until after like almost New Year’s,” she told Fallon.

When her label first asked her to write the Christmas album, she thought it was too early in her career.

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She’s that humble. Her love of Christmas eventually took over and she decided to give it a shot. Good thing she did.

She once rejected the title, “Queen of Christmas.”

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She told People that she doesn’t “accept that name because I feel like it’s [too much].” Only a true queen would say that. Spoken like a true royal.

“All year long I just wait and I look forward to cooking and just like decorating the Christmas tree.”

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She told People that she has actually has “a few different Christmas trees, and we decorate some of them and some of them there’s a lady that helps us with that, and then there’s one that the kids and I do together with my extended family and friends.”

She even has an animated movie coming out this year called “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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We cannot freakin’ wait. Want to know why? Because all I want for Christmas is Mariah Carey in all her Christmas glory.

For the last five years she’s kicked off  the holiday season in Rockefeller Centre.

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She’s not giving up that title this year. Though she’s had to cancel several holiday performances because of an ‘illness’, she’s still breathing life into all of us with three of her albums in the top charts already.

The Lambily agrees. Carey is our forever Queen of Christmas.

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I don’t care how humble you are about it, Mariah. The only photos I want to ever see of you are with your eight personal Christmas trees in the backdrop.

Fact: Santa’s reputation is gone.

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Caption: “Most people don’t know this, but this was the last time anyone saw Santa Claus publicly before Mariah Carey usurped his position, thus becoming Queen of Christmas.” Verdad.

Because we all know this to be true:

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey, i.e. Mariah Carey must exist for Christmas to exist, i.e. Mariah Carey invented Christmas. That’s how math works.


READ: Let’s See If You Can Ace This Lyrics Quiz On Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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Our Tías’ Nacimientos Will Never Be The Same Since Mexico Has Outlawed Buying And Selling The Moss

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Our Tías’ Nacimientos Will Never Be The Same Since Mexico Has Outlawed Buying And Selling The Moss

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Growing up Mexican I looked forward to the Christmas season yes, tbh mostly because of presents but also because it was the time when mom and I got to go way overboard with our Nativity Scene decorations. If you’re Latino, putting up a nacimiento is just as essential a part of Christmas, as putting up a tree. If there’s one cliche that has proven to be true, time and again, it’s that Latino moms tend to be extra AF in everything they do. The representations of Jesus’s birth vary from minimal, to OTT baroque, to hyper-realistic. There’s one element that remains the most important aspect of the nacimiento across the board, in Mexico at least, the moss and other dense green clumps are usually used to adorn the decoration. So, what if we told you that buying and selling moss is actually illegal in Mexico?

Nacimiento, Pesebre, or Belen, are the names that different Latin American countries give to the traditional Nativity Scene representation under the Christmas tree.

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The representation of Jesus’s birth, known as nacimiento in Mexico, pesebre in Colombia and other South American countries, or Belen in Spain, is a centuries-old tradition in the Catholic world. All you really need to tell the story are three basic figures: Virgin Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. But why limit yourself? 

You could make the case that the three wise men and the star that guided them to the newborn baby are also essential. Jesus was born in a stable because there was no place at the inns in Bethlehem, so naturally, there should be farm animals around, and hay, and moss —and why not a stream made of cellophane, while you’re at it? 

Nativity Scenes are usually elaborate, over the top extravaganzas that families work tirelessly on for the holiday season.

In Mexico and many other countries of Latin America, nacimientos can turn into elaborate extravaganzas, populated by all manner of animals and plants that you would never find side by side in the real world. Some scenes display pump-operated rivers with real water, others feature waterfalls and ponds. Some include whole cities built around the manger where Jesus was born. The creative license extends to the characters, which range from unrelated biblical figures such as Adam and Eve to random shepherds, farmers, and the devil. It’s clearly not an exercise in authenticity, but it’s festive and fun.

Part of the fun is the use of moss and other types of grass to add to the ‘look’. 

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Moss is used to decorate the scene, but it also has a special symbolism. Spanish moss is of particular importance in the catholic representation of baby Jesus’s birth. A little patch of the gray grass is always placed underneath Satan —to highlight his presence and set him apart from the rest of the crowd. According to tradition, Satan should always be present in a nacimiento to remind us that although the birth of Jesus offers love and the possibility of redemption, sin and evil are always present in the world —and moss plays a big part in his representation.

As soon as November starts drawing to an end and December is around the corner, every mercado in Mexico is flooded by vendors who sell the coveted greenery of the season. 

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Every city and town has a market where, for about a month between the end of November and the first week in January, a large number of vendors offer items, especially for Christmas.  Some larger cities, like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Morelia, and others, offer several tianguis navideños (Christmas markets) where literally hundreds of vendors set up shop, to sell the infamous moss. 

But as it turns out, selling and/or buying moss is illegal.

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This type of grass is essential for the survival of Mexican forests. The species is protected by the country, which makes its trade ilegal —and you might want to think twice before you buy it. 

Mosses are actually essential for the health and wellbeing of many ecosystems and all the organisms that inhabit them.

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The term moss encompasses any of at least 12,000 species of small land plants. Mosses are distributed throughout the world except in saltwater and are commonly found in moist shady locations. They are best known as those species that carpet woodland and forest floors. Ecologically, mosses capture water and filter it to underground streams, or substrata, releasing nutrients for the use of more complex plants that succeed them. They also aid in soil erosion control by providing surface cover and absorbing water, and they are important in the nutrient and water economy of some vegetation types. Essentially, they are the pulse of forests and ecosystems everywhere.

Protection and conservation are relatively novel concepts in Mexican bryology, the branch of botany that studies mosses. 

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Mexico is home to more than 900 recorded species of moss —and much of the country’s territory is yet to be explored thoroughly for more flora. However, local mosses face habitat destruction and over-harvesting as their major threat. 

In 1993, a diagnostic study of mosses that required protection Mexico was conducted, and supported by the federal government as well as other international agencies. At the time, six species were recognized as ‘rare’ or ‘endangered’ and were placed under official protection. 

The Secretariat of Environmental and Natural Resources of Mexico regulates the extraction and trade of moss. 

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In order to extract moss from its natural habitat, and furthermore, to commercialize it, vendors must follow strict requirements in order to attain a license. According to Mexican Forest Law 001 expedited by SEMARNAT (The Secretariat of Environmental and Natural Resources of Mexico), the extraction of moss is only permitted when the plant is in a mature state and ready for harvest, other conditions require that moss must be extracted in parcels of no more than 2 meters of width and that only 50 percent of each patch of moss may be extracted, etc. 

During this time of year, Mexican police are on high alert. 

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Around the holiday season, police in Mexico double up on their patrolling. Authorities will be on high alert, inspecting those establishments who are authorized to sell moss and searching for those who aren’t. The Secretariat of Environmental and Natural Resources and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection will be watching —so you might want to tell your mom and tias to avoid shopping for moss in Mexico this year.

READ: Check Out Some Of The Most Tiny And Adorable Nacimientos

Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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We are in a new era in which women are demanding equal pay and saying enough is enough when it comes to sexual abuse. It’s a new stance that stems from the “Me Too” Movement and the “Women’s March” that shows women do not have to take it anymore. If you are woke you cannot be inappropriate. If you’re a fan of the cancel culture, then it’s time to shut out things from the past than don’t get a free pass any longer, including some of your most favorite things.

In light of the “Me Too” movement and canceling men who are too aggressive, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have released a new version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” that puts men and women on equal footing.

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The old classic Christmas song is part of Legend’s new Christmas special on Dec. 1 called “Christmas Under The Stars” that will air on BYUtv. Legend said it was time to change the original version because that song wasn’t acceptable anymore. Legend wrote the song with actress Natasha Rothwell from “Insecure.”

Before we discuss the new version, here’s the original version, which was written in 1944. 

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The song, written by Frank Loesser, became a hit after it was featured in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.” It was performed by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán. It also went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 22nd Academy Awards. The scene shows actress Williams attempting to leave and Montalbán’s character is trying to persuade her to stay. 

Here’s a portion of the problematic lyrics:

The neighbors might think, (baby, it’s bad out there)/ Say, what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)/ I wish I knew how, your eyes are like starlight now (To break this spell), I’ll take your hat, (your hair looks swell)/ I ought to say no, no, no, (mind if I move in closer?)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried, (what’s the sense in hurting my pride?)/ I really can’t stay, (baby don’t hold out)/ Ah, but it’s cold outside.

Interestingly enough, this song wasn’t supposed to be in the film at all. The movie would have featured another Loesser song called “(I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China.” However, the song was replaced because the studio felt it was inappropriate. They instead included “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” So, even back then they understood what would be seen as offensive. However, they had no issue with singing about a woman that is forced to stay with a man.

Here is the new politically correct/ anti-rape version of the song. 

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Here are some of the lyrics. 

“I really can’t stay (Baby, it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (But, I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (I’m so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)/ My mom will start to worry (I’ll call the car and tell him to hurry)/ My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what are you still livin’ at home for?)/ So, really, I’d better scurry (Your driver, his name is Murray)/ But maybe just a half a drink more (Oh, we’re both adults, so who’s keepin’ score?)/

AND

I ought to say, “No, no, no, sir” (Then you really ought to go, go, go)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried (Well, Murray, he just pulled up outside)/

AND

I simply should go (Text me when you get home)/ Oh I’m supposed to say no (Mm, I guess that’s respectable)/ This welcome has been (I’ve been lucky that you dropped in)/ So nice and warm (But you better go before it storms).

You get the point. 

The obvious difference between the original and the new version is that the male isn’t insisting that she stays. If she wants to leave, he is helping her do just that, and not forcing her to stay. 

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Legend tweeted, “New version of #BabyItsColdOutside! A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok & destroying everything great in the history of music?’ (🙄). You decide.”

So what does the world think about this new version for the Me Too era?

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It’s actually a mixed bag. Some people like it, some don’t.

At least one person has an issue with the new song because of this lyric…

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So, we guess Legend is now shaming people who still live at home? Wow.

But if you’re seriously not into the new version, it’s okay, you can still listen to the old one.

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Then again, it looks like Legend and Clarkson got rid of the old song for good.

READ: John Legend’s New Music Video Centered Around Immigration and Deportation Will Leave A Lump In Your Throat