This is why Christmas is Mariah Carey's favorite time of year

This is why Christmas is Mariah Carey's favorite time of year

The Christmas season is widely regarded by many as the most wonderful time of the year - and why wouldn't it be? It's a time for meeting up with seldom-seen family members, exchanging gifts with friends, and eating as much as you possibly can before collapsing on the couch for a post-dinner nap.

For a lot of people, though, the season doesn't truly begin until the first Christmas song is played on the radio. And there's plenty of festive jingles to choose from.

Some of us favor the old classics, such as White Christmas, while others prefer slightly more alternative tunes like Christmas Time by The Darkness, or one of R.E.M's festive covers. For many, though, the best seasonal song has to be Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You.

And nobody loves it more than the singer herself.

Carey's Christmas hit was first released in 1994, and was actually part of a whole album of festive jingles. Every other song on the album was a cover of an old classic, and, while there were plans to have another original track as part of the compilation, All I Want For Christmas... was the only new song to make the cut.

Amazingly, the song didn't actually reach number one in the year of its release. In the UK, it was beaten to the top spot by Stay Another Day by East 17, and in the US it peaked at number six.

Nevertheless, Carey has a lot of love for the song, and for the Christmas season in general, as the jingle earns her over half a million dollars in royalties every single year.

More than that, though, the singer has been known to claim extortionate paychecks for one-night performances around the festive season. In 2015, she reportedly earned $300,000 for an hour-long performance in New York, and drew in a similar figure the following year for her (somewhat disastrous) performance on New Year's Eve.

After the performance, Carey posted a video on Instagram acknowledging the shoddy performance she gave, saying: "Sh-t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."

Despite insisting on being referred to as "The Queen of Christmas", however, Carey is not the highest-earning seasonal musician. Just as she missed out on achieving the number one spot in the charts, she was also beaten to first place in terms of earnings - by more than one artist, too.

Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, the musicians behind Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody, will each be earning $673,000 during the festive period, and The Pogues (famous for The Fairytale of New York) are set to bring in just a few thousand dollars more than Carey.

So, while we all have our reasons for enjoying the holiday season, Carey has a few more than most. About half a million more, actually. And yes, she might be a bit of a diva sometimes, but I'm not too mad that she earns that much. I mean, she has provided us with one of the best Christmas songs of all time.