“Not yet!!!! I’ll allow it for my Filipino lambs though! I don’t make the rules!)
This was a short but sweet reply of American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress Mariah Carey to a post on the social media platform X.
On September 3, a user on X platform @chartmariah posted that Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has been streamed 316k times on the music app Spotify, which according to the post, a 75% increase compared to the same in 2022.
This simple gesture sent big ripples on social media and made every Filipino Mariah Carey fan giggle with excitement. The online music streaming app Spotify’s official X account even chimed in. “We’re seated and streaming, kween. Mahal ka namin.”
For the past decade, the Christmas season beginning on the first day of September has become a new normal in most Filipino homes, an infusion to the Filipino pop culture. In fact, this is a day that a lot of people are anticipating so they can fix their Christmas decorations, put up their themed Christmas tree, and play Christmas songs. And even The Mariah Carey agrees to that!
Curiosity has gotten the best of some X users. It also became a point of discussion as user @With_luv_tracy posted a question, “Is September the start of Christmas in the Philippines? Wow we learn everyday. How did this celebration started, why what happen… Please share your knowledge on this 🙏 I’m learning so much.. Y’all are amazing ❤️❤️❤️”
The song “All I want For Christmas Is You” was released on October 29, 1994, as the lead single in Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album. For almost three decades now, the song has been gaining popularity each year, and has become a global success since its release.
The spirit of Christmas brings a festive ambiance to every home and community. And songs associated with the holiday season certainly add up to the vibrant feeling of everyone. Keep those happy thoughts going and enliven the vibe with your favourite Christmas song.