On Sunday evening, Mariah Carey said farewell to spooky season and hello to the holidays bringing us all some much needed cheer. 

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter posted a clip of a person in a sinister mask easing open a cobweb covered door labeled “Not yet.” On the other side of the door Carey sat on a mound of faux snow in the middle of a winter wonderland with snowflakes falling from the ceiling. Cloaked in full length holiday pajamas featuring pictures of her dogs, who were at her side, the star looked at her watch and announced “it’s time.” 

The transition from scary to cheerful was supposed to send the message that Carey season had officially  begun.

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The star’s unforgettable 1994 Merry Christmas album has owned the period between Halloween and New Year’s Eve since its release, lead by the single heard around the world: “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Her second Christmas album Merry Christmas II You was released in 2010 and an illustrated version of the ubiquitous song was published as a children’s book in 2015.

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Carey has been hinting at adding new Christmas music to her collection for weeks. Early October, she posted an image of three director chairs on a set to her Instagram page. One of the chairs featured her own initials, and the other two chairs bore the initials J.H. and A.G. Beneath the post was simply an emoji of a Christmas tree. 

Although the newly minted author did not tag anyone in the post, fans are speculating the chairs could belong to her fellow vocal powerhouses Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

Carey is making a tradition of announcing her annual moment in style. Last year she posted a video of her falling asleep in her glamorous costume at 11:59 on Halloween and waking up to answer Santa’s call promptly at midnight on November 1.