Mariah Carey Reveals 'Dysfunctional Family' Ruined Christmas When She Was a Child

Mariah Carey has revealed that she aims to make every Christmas "magical" for her kids because she grew up with a dysfunctional family that ruined the holiday when she was a child.

The singer, who has eight-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, from ex-husband Nick Cannon, told Cosmopolitan U.K. that she used to look forward to the festive season as a child every year.

But the 49-year-old said her hopes for the holidays were spoiled thanks to her "dysfunctional family" and their financial struggles. Her parents divorced when she was very young and she no longer speaks to her siblings, according to the magazine.

It was her "childlike love of Christmas" that saved her, Carey, who is the cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K.'s December issue, said.

"I always wanted to have a really good time at Christmas and they would ruin it, so I vowed in my own life I would make sure every Christmas was great," she told the magazine. "I want to make it magical for my kids."

Now, the Yule period involves traveling to Aspen, Colorado, where Carey spares no expense for the perfect Christmas—including hiring real reindeer to take her family on a sleigh ride.

When they step off the plane, Carey's drivers have music ready for her family's arrival: what else but her own Christmas hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

This year, Carey is celebrating 25 years since the release of the song, which has become synonymous with Christmas and sold 16 million copies to become one of the best-selling of all time. The song, as of 2017, has earned Carey more than $60m in royalties, according to The Economist.

Carey recalled writing the song in a "small room with a keyboard" in her latest interview.

"I just sat down, decorated a little tree and put on It's A Wonderful Life and tried to get into that mood," she said. "I was going over all the things I think about at Christmas time that make me happy and how to turn it around and make it into a love song."

She also recalls recording the video to the song, which shows the singer dancing in the snow, throwing snowballs at the camera and even sledding.

Carey told the magazine that it was "real" and she filmed the entire video in a field in New Jersey and not in a studio. "I was freezing cold, my hair was frozen," she said. "I'll just never forget it because there were real reindeer."

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Mariah Carey announces Mariah Carey Christmas Factory during the grand opening Of Sugar Factory American Brasserie on September 6, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington. Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Sugar Factory American Brasserie