Mariah Carey Responds to Bar that Banned 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

The Stoneleigh P bar in Dallas has once again put strict limitations on the pop singer's seasonal hit.

Mariah Carey performs All I Want For Christmas is You from her 25th Anniversary album reissue of Merry Christmas during The Late Late Show with James Corden, Thursday, December 19, 2019.
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We haven't even finished eating our leftover Halloween candy yet, but we're all getting plenty of reminders that another festive season is on its way. Retailers have slapped clearance stickers on the unsold bags of candy corn, so they can fill their shelves with chocolate Santas and candy canes. Some coffee chains are already serving Peppermint Mocha Lattes in addition to all that Pumpkin Spice. And Mariah Carey's inescapable "All I Want for Christmas is You" has jingled and jangled its way to No. 40 on Apple Music's list of the Top 100 songs in the U.S.

We say it's inescapable, but if you want your November to be blissfully Mariah-free, you should stop in to the Stoneleigh P bar in Dallas. For the past three years, they've (sort of) banned their customers from playing "All I Want for Christmas is You" on their jukebox. Right now, there's a sign taped to the front of it that reads — in all caps — "MARIAH CAREY'S 'ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU' WILL BE SKIPPED IF PLAYED BEFORE DEC. 1. AFTER DEC. 1, THE SONG IS ONLY ALLOWED ONE TIME A NIGHT."

A picture of the sign went viral on Twitter — and it even got Carey's attention. It was retweeted with the caption "Is this the war on Christmas I've heard about," and the singer responded with a photo of herself wearing armor, in front of a fiery battlefield.

For what it's worth, Stoneleigh P's manager doesn't really have beef with Carey, or with the Christmas season in general. In an interview with Art & Seek, Laura Garrison said that the "All I Want" ban is a combination of "tradition" and "annoyance" with the number of times the staff would have to hear the song during the last few months of each year.

"You know, you get alcohol and people that want to hear Christmas songs in September," she said. "That's a no go." The bar has also instituted a ban on two other songs — "Frosty the Snowman" and "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd" — because a longtime customer likes to gently annoy the staff by playing all three of those tracks every single day that he comes in. Every. Single. Day.

Stoneleigh P's isn't the first (or the only) establishment that tries to avoid that particular song every year. In 2019, York Gin in York, England, decided to ban any Christmas song that was recorded after the 1960s. "Our lovely team are happy with the decision. They say lots of other shop staff are already going stir crazy with the same Christmas hits being played on a loop," the shop's director Emma Godivala, told the York Press. "That said, if Mariah appeared in the shop, we might just overturn the ban for a while and play 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.'"

For what it's worth, even Mariah herself probably hasn't pressed play on that song yet. During a late 2018 appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she admitted that it's late November before she listens to her holiday hit. "I have this rule where I try to get through Thanksgiving," she said. "I don't like when people rush it, because once I start [hearing or singing it] I don't stop until after New Year."

Well there you go: the Queen of Christmas has spoken.

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