Mariah Carey’s Christmas Tradition Requires Cooking for Days and a Secret Ingredient

There are a lot of celebrities who love celebrating Christmas and enjoy going all out with presents, decorations, and festive holiday treats. However, there is one star who stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to keeping the Christmas spirit alive: Mariah Carey.

Mariah Carey
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The famed diva is not shy about professing her love for the season. And, for many, she has become synonymous with Christmas.

Keep reading to learn why Carey has become so closely entwined with Christmas and what her own special holiday traditions are.

Mariah Carey wrote a hugely popular Christmas song

In 1994, Carey, who was already a hugely popular international pop star, released the original Christmas song: “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” As Carey later revealed, she wrote it “out of love for Christmas,” but even she could never have imagined how popular the song would end up becoming.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” went on to become the most successful Christmas pop song of all time, and the 11th best-selling single of all time. 

For many fans, hearing the song on the radio signals the start of the Christmas season. It also inspired many other artists to try their hand at writing holiday songs, and while some have achieved success, no new holiday standard has ever been able to top Carey’s heartfelt, happy seasonal jingle.

Still, the release of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was only the beginning of Mariah Carey’s long association with Christmas.

Fans call Mariah Carey the ‘queen of Christmas’

Carey has accomplished many things during the course of her long career, but many fans think that her connection to Christmas is her most endearing accomplishment. They point to her undeniable enthusiasm for the holiday and her eagerness to dress up in holiday garb as proof positive that Carey is the “queen of Christmas.” She even has a propensity to appear dressed as Mrs. Claus for her holiday shows. 

How does Mariah Carey celebrate Christmas?

Although Carey is known to be a diva, with a luxurious lifestyle that is the envy of many, she still works hard at Christmastime, just like millions of people all over the world. In a recent interview, Carey revealed that she cooks for “three days straight” in order to prepare a stunning holiday meal for her family.

Carey acknowledged that while many people don’t believe that she can cook, she has actually become quite good at it over the years, and even pulls out all the stops with a perfectly roasted turkey. Carey stopped short of revealing the full menu that she makes for Christmas, but she did state that she has one special, secret ingredient that she always cooks with: “love, darling — love.”

What Christmas project does Mariah Carey have coming up?

There’s a good reason why Carey stayed cagey regarding her specific holiday recipes. As it turns out, the singer is planning an exciting Christmas project.

In the same aforementioned interview, Carey said that she wants to release a Christmas cookbook someday — one that will feature her own family recipes as well as some brand-new favorites. As of right now, there is no set release date for Carey’s cookbook, and it seems that the project might still be in the planning stages. 

While fans eagerly wait for Carey’s new cookbook, they can prepare for the holidays in the same style as the singer- by watching classic films like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman