Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey officially declares the beginning of the holiday season
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What day does Christmas season officially start? There seems to be four camps on the issue.

One group believes that the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving, on Black Friday.

Another group thinks that it starts immediately after Halloween, on November 1. This group clearly doesn't give Thanksgiving it's proper due.

Some people believe that Christmas season starts the moment the first holiday decorations pop up in a retail store. When is that these days, July?


Others search for the song "All I Want for Christmas is You" on Google Trends, and the moment they see a spike in searches, it's time to start celebrating.

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Mariah Carey, who's been unofficially crowned the Queen of Christmas in recent years, proclaimed the beginning of the Christmas season at midnight on November 1 after receiving a call from the man himself, Santa Claus.


In the video above, Carey receives a phone call from "SANTA" who says nothing but "Ho ho ho" to which Carey replies, "It's time" and then shrieks a note that only she could manage.

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The ringtone, of course, is "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Carey has become synonymous with Christmas over the past decade or so after her 1994 song has crept its way into part of the American Christmas canon.

The song is one of the few songs in the past 40 years that has become a Christmas tradition, alongside the likes of "White Christmas" or "Let it Snow."

Carey's co-writer for the song, Walter Afanasieff, believes it has become a hit because it's a rare uptempo Christmas song that's more "adult" than children-oriented, like traditional Christmastime iconography such as Santa or Rudolph.

The song is a throwback to the '60s sound and in many ways resembles the Phil Spector/Darlene Love hit "Baby Please Come Home."

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Queen Mariah has announced that the Christmas season is here, so you can finally indulge in one of its most joyous songs. Give it a listen, you know you can't resist.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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