She added: “I think everybody should spend Christmas with me because it’s a great experience.
“When I get off the plane, our drivers have ‘All I Want for Christmas …’ playing, we have hot cocoa and some butterscotch schnapps. Then we’ll go through the woods on a two-horse open sleigh with blankets and real reindeer. It’s freezing cold but it’s beautiful and you’re looking at the stars. It’s an incredible moment I love every year.”
And while she loves getting gifts on Christmas day — which falls on December 25 every year —all she really needs is the “love” of her children.
Speaking about her Christmas morning routine, Carey said: “Everybody waits for me to get it together. I put on something I feel is Christmassy, some kind of fun little pajamas or a onesie, something cute, and have some eggnog while we’re opening the presents. Sometimes I’ll open my presents at night because I want to take care of everybody else first. All the kids care about is their iPads at the moment — they just want different apps and games. I told them this year if we’re going to do that then I don’t need to buy all these other presents you don’t really care about, so we’re going to figure out how Santa deals with that. For me, just the kids’ love is all I really need. They make me things and I save everything. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want things bought from the shop. I love that, too.”