Honestly, Christmas season doesn't begin until Mariah Carey sets it off. Mariah has spoken. So it is official.

Jesus, it's been two decades since Carey released her Merry Christmas album. To simultaneously pat herself on the back, promote her upcoming Christmas concerts and update her fans, Carey sent an audio dispatch straight from the North Pole to SoundCloud, saying:

"Thank you everybody for celebrating the anniversary of Merry Christmas. I'm seeing all the messages, I'm feeling the love, and you're making me even happier at my favorite time of year."

No, it doesn't contain any Ariana Grande shade. The gift is that Mariah will perform "All I Want For Christmas Is You," a song you'll hear at least 345 times this month, at the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting broadcast on December 3.