The holiday season is upon us and there’s definitely no shortage of ways for fans to get in the mood. Perhaps one of the most ubiquitous – and possibly polarizing – is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” a song that has become almost synonymous with festivity leading up to Christmas. Carey is no stranger to sharing the song in creative ways, even though they’re happening earlier and earlier in the year. This year, that will also mean Carey teaming up with another holiday touchstone, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As Carey revealed on social media Friday, she will be performing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at the end of the 2022 parade, opening for Santa’s grand arrival.
“My childhood dream come true!” Carey’s Instagram post reads. “I’m going to open for the one and only, SANTA 🎅🏼, this year @macys Thanksgiving Parade! 🎄🎉💫 Tune in for Thanksgiving Day @NBC! 💖☃️ #macysparade“
Who Wrote “All I Want For Christmas Are You”?
Written by Carey and co-producer Walter Afansieff, the song was the highlight of Carey’s first Christmas album, 1994’s Merry Christmas.
“20 years ago, Christmas music and artists’ Christmas albums weren’t as important as they are now,” says Afanasieff. told Billboard back in 2014. “At the time you didn’t have many artists with Christmas albums; it wasn’t a known science at all back then and there wasn’t anyone making new, big Christmas songs. It went from a mundane, ‘hey, you know, we’re putting out a Christmas album. No problem.’ To think of it as a single going to number 1, going to drive an album… we had no clue about that. That’s not what the time was. That’s what made it such a modern phenomenon: because it isn’t like “White Christmas” or “Jingle Bells” – the song has none of those traditional elements, but it became a huge pop hit.”
“It’s not that nobody writes Christmas songs — everyone is trying to get a Christmas song,” Afanasieff said elsewhere in the interview. “But for whatever reason ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ just became that song. It’s something you never imagined, and you can’t really explain why, and we feel lucky because it was the last big number to enter that Christmas canon, and then the door slammed, it just shut.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade airs Thursday, November 24 at 9 a.m. local time on NBC.