Mariah Carey reflects on holidays with her ‘very dysfunctional family’

Mariah Carey (Picture by Splash News and Pictures)

Mariah Carey vowed to make sure “every Christmas is great” for her children, after growing up in a “very dysfunctional family” herself.

The “All I Want for Christmas Is You” hitmaker says she never got to experience a “really good” Christmas as a child because of struggles within her family, so has made it her mission to ensure her 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe – whom she has with her ex-husband Nick Cannon — have a “magical” time over the festive period.

Asked what her Christmas was like growing up, she told Cosmopolitan magazine in their December issue: “Growing up I had a very dysfunctional family. 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. I want to make it magical for my kids. You know, I think it’s this kind of childlike love of Christmas that saved me. I go through so much all year long just to have a great Christmas.”

The holiday season for the 49-year-old singer now involves traveling to Aspen, Colorado, where she pulls out all the stops to create a “great experience,” including hiring real reindeer to take her family on a sleigh ride.

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