Mariah Carey’s Star-Studded Christmas Special
Andrew Parker - November 27, 2020

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Mariah Carey is known as the queen of Christmas. Seriously, no holiday season would be complete without Mariah Carey belting away in our cars, in the malls, and at work. And now she is once again leading the way for a wonderful holiday season! On November 18, 2020, Mariah Carey and Apple TV+ revealed the singer’s festive extravaganza: Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. The extravaganza is set to debut on Friday, December 4th, so make sure to mark your calendars. But this isn’t your average holiday musical special. Carey is bringing us theater!

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The special will follow the singer as she helps her friend Santa Clause put on a holiday spectacular when put to a holiday cheer crisis. The special will include a star-studded list of guests, musical performances, dynamic dancing, and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed queen of Christmas jumps into action to make the whole world merry! Fans will be treated to appearances by a bunch of superstars including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland, and Mykal-Michelle Harris, with extraspecial appearances by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

Mariah Carey will also be releasing the soundtrack single and music video for “Oh Satna!,” a musical collaboration with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. The gifts just keep on coming this year! The collab will be released on the day of the special’s premiere. The soundtrack to the special will be available exclusively on Apple Music on December 4th and all other platforms on December 11th. Carey will also give an exclusive interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on December 7th. The “All I Want For Christmas” singer will run through her personally curated playlist of favorite holiday songs and talk about her new music and recent memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. She will also make an additional appearance on Apple Music’s new radio station, Apple Music Hits, on December 25th for a six-hour holiday hits special, featuring the biggest festive songs, and will tell fans about her own holiday memories.