Mariah Carey Declares Countdown to Christmas Has Begun: 'It's Time'

Deck the halls with boughs of holly because Mariah Carey has declared that the countdown to Christmas is officially on.

In what has become something of an annual tradition for Carey fans, the multi-platinum singer took to social media to ring in the start of November.

To mark the date, Carey shared a video that begins with her sitting on an exercise bike decked out in a black catsuit and matching witch's hat, cackling.

In a flash, a bat carrying a calendar marking the date November 1 flies across the screen. Suddenly Carey is transformed into her more familiar Christmas look of a velvet red outfit with fluffy white lining.

Sitting straddled across a reindeer, she lets out a delighted high pitched "It's time!" showing off her trademark five-octave singing range against a snowy, festive backdrop.

Soon enough, the bells and drums of her classic festive hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" kick in, with Carey giving a wave to the camera as snow-covered Christmas trees and presents come into view in the wintry backdrop around her.

The insinuation is clear: the countdown to Christmas has begun.

And it would appear plenty of Carey fans are feeling a little festive already, with the video racking up 1.6 million views on Twitter.

Comedian Sarah O'Connell was among those to comment on the tweet, posting a picture of herself in front of a Christmas tree, wearing a Santa hat alongside the words: "I'm so ready."

Halle Berry posted a series of heart emojis under the video in a show of support for Carey ushering in the Christmas season.

NicholasMcCart5, meanwhile, declared Carey the "Queen of Christmas," with DrOtaku2 adding: "Mariah's annual reign has begun!"

The memes also flew thick and fast, with one user tweeting "she's defrosting."

Jeff Ingold is one of the many Carey fans who likes to celebrate the arrival of November 1.

Ingold told Newsweek: "I wear my favorite 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' jumper, put her Christmas albums on blast and dance around my flat. Once the albums are done, I settle down to watch her Magical Christmas special!"

Ingold said he first developed an affinity for Carey when experiencing difficult times as a teenager. "I went through a period of really vicious homophobic bullying in school. I was at my lowest and Mariah's music came into my life," he said. "There was just something about her voice that spoke to me."

Ingold said as a teen, Carey's story of "resilience and perseverance" to make it in the music business was a source of strength. "Her music made me feel seen—like I had someone in my corner who cared and that I would be OK," he said.

While there may be some groans among the grinches at hearing the opening bells to Carey's signature festive hit already—including one bar that banned the song being played on its jukebox in 2021—for Ingold no song captures "the spirit, the joy and the hope that Christmas brings" better than "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

He has no plans to curb his enjoyment of the track either.

"Right now, I'm listening to the song about 10 times a day," he said. "It's 54 days until Christmas and I'll only listen to it even more as we get closer to the big day. So I'll probably listen to it at least over 500 times."

Carey's association with the holidays began back in 1994 with the release of the festive themed album Merry Christmas which went on to become one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all-time, with 15 million copies sold worldwide.

Much of the album's success was down to the hit single "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Over 10 million copies of the festive single have been sold in the U.S. alone with the song, and Carey, has become a popular fixture of celebrations ever since.

Mariah Carey singing at Madison Square Garden.
Mariah Carey performs onstage during her "All I Want For Christmas Is You" tour at Madison Square Garden in 2019 - the singer has declared the annual countdown to December 25 has begun. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MC