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

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

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!

 

Mariah Carey performs "Oh Santa" from her 25th Anniversary album reissue of Merry Christmas during The Late Late Show with James Corden

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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.