thoughts//THE 12 DAYS OF (KATHRYN'S FAVORITE) CHRISTMAS (SONGS): DAY 3

BY KATHRYN GARVIN



On the 3rd day of Christmas, this is my favorite song:

All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

I'm sure you all knew this was coming at some point, because I am a white girl in her twenties. Truly, this is one of the best Christmas songs ever written. And don't think I only listen to this song at Christmas, because I don't. I mean, throughout the year, I maybe sing it, and this year I started playing it in October (okay, it might've been September), because it's just one of those songs that pumps me up and gets me in the Christmas spirit. This song has also helped me get through some weird time. There was a two-week period in January last year where it was the only song I listened to in the car. I started to measure how long it took me to get places by how many All I Want for Christmases it took (five and a half to get to Ashley's apartment, eight to get to work).

But my brief insanity aside, this song is still very good. It, of course, is very danceable. And, there's a music video for it. It's just a lot of Mariah in the snow with some dogs and Santa, then her decorating a tree alone, then her at a meet and greet with the reindeer. The best/worst part is that at some points, it looks like a montage of stalker shots. It's just very confusing and a bit distracting. All that to say, I'm not a fan of the music video. Luckily, though, just two years ago, she and Justin Bieber made a Macy's/Nintendo DS commercial new music video, which is slightly uncomfortable to watch, considering she's old enough to be his mother. But, I do enjoy the Bieber/Carey duet, which says a lot. I basically only like Mariah Carey's version of this song, with the only exception being Glee's version because have you heard Amber Riley sing? But Mariah's version will always be #1 in my heart. I also like this song because I am convinced that I could perform it at karaoke or something, and people would think I did a good job. I'm not sure if that's true but I know when I sing it in the car/shower/work/the street/anywhere really, I think I sound good. Obviously, I'm not quite at Mariah's level, but maybe someday.

Until then, Merry Christmas, from Mariah and me!


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