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Mariah Carey and Holiday Traditions: The Songs that Bind Us

Mariah Carey and Holiday Traditions: The Songs that Bind Us

Myra Millan

Myra Millan brings a wealth of experience as a long-time Miami resident, dedicated mother, and passionate teacher. Her zest for life is evident in her love for fun, food and fitness. Her passion for culinary exploration is exhibited in her role as a monthly contributor at Breathe Media. With an adventurous palate, she loves uncovering new and exciting food experiences in the city.

Mariah Carey’s iconic holiday hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” has become more than just a song; it’s a cherished tradition that brings people together during the holiday season. As we delve into the magic of this timeless anthem and its heartwarming backstory, let’s also explore how BurgerFi can help you create your own holiday traditions by sharing delicious burgers, fries, and shakes with your loved ones.

A Song Born from Longing

Carey has shared that the inspiration for “All I Want for Christmas Is You” stems from her “dysfunctional” childhood Christmases. Growing up in humble surroundings in Huntingdon, New York, Carey’s family celebrations were far from extravagant, often marred by the challenges of her turbulent home life. The song, therefore, carries the profound yearning for the people we love to make Christmas moments perfect.


A Global Holiday Anthem

Since its release in 1994, this ubiquitous holiday anthem has sold a staggering 16 million copies worldwide. Its enduring appeal transcends generations and borders, making it one of the best-selling singles of any genre

A Surprise Holiday Album

Following the success of her 1993 album “Music Box,” which held the No. 1 spot for eight non-consecutive weeks, Carey’s team proposed the idea of recording a holiday album. Initially hesitant due to the early stage of her career, Carey eventually embraced the idea.

The Birth of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

While living with her then-husband Tommy Mottola in upstate New York, Carey sat alone at a keyboard and began crafting the iconic tune. She drew inspiration from her deep love for all things Christmas and her childhood yearning for a perfect holiday experience, despite financial constraints and family difficulties.

The Creative Process

As Carey collaborated with co-writer and producer Walter Afanasieff, she meticulously shaped the song’s melody and lyrics. The track was intentionally designed to start slowly, building anticipation, and then erupting into a joyful crescendo, drawing influence from the timeless sounds of the ’50s and ’60s.

BurgerFi: Spreading Holiday Joy, One Burger at a Time

Just as “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become a symbol of holiday togetherness, BurgerFi offers a delectable way to create your own holiday traditions. Picture this: you and your loved ones sharing mouthwatering burgers, crispy fries, and creamy shakes from BurgerFi while basking in the joy of the season.


In the spirit of Mariah Carey’s timeless song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and the joy it brings each year, let BurgerFi be your holiday companion, bringing smiles, warmth, and the unmistakable taste of celebration to your festivities. Because during the holidays, nothing says “I care about you” like sharing a BurgerFi meal with those who mean the most.

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