I dislike the acceleration of Christmas as much as anyone else, but with no access to a Pandora account and lacking satellite radio in my car, I listen to the station all the same, until I can't stand it anymore. Like the season itself, my moment of Christmas-music overfeeding arrives earlier and earlier with each passing year. In a few years I will be driving around shouting for the death of the entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir before Columbus Day. But I am captive to the station's programming long enough to notice a few things. Chief among them is that during the modern Christmas season you can't get away from Mariah Carey. Even now, many years after the salad days of her career began to wilt, she's like our generation's Queen of Christmas—or the new Mrs. Claus. Or the Transitioning Santa. She's everywhere.
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And a special gift for Andrew Ferguson: Mariah Carey with "All I Want For Christmas Is You."