Mariah Carey Kicks Off Christmas Celebrations With Family In Aspen (PHOTOS)

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All is merry and bright for Mariah Carey.

With Christmas only four days away, the American Idol judge got a head start on the festivities with hubby Nick Cannon and their adorable twins, Monroe and Moroccan, 20 months — and gave fans a sneak peek into their cozy celebrations on Twitter.

The family jetted away to Aspen, Colo., retreating to a getaway tucked away in the snowy mountains. "So beautiful! Christmas begins for me today. God Bless!!!!," she tweeted.

And Cannon has caught the holiday spirit as well: Carey shared a photo of her husband dancing around their home, donning headphones (listening to "All I Want For Christmas (Is You)," perhaps?) and a pair of fuzzy lamb slippers.

After catching up on family time, the pop star engaged in a little retail therapy with a trip to a Gucci store and a jewelry shop in the legendary ski town's shopping district. Happy Holidays, indeed!

Season 12 of American Idol premieres Weds., Jan. 16 at 8 PM on Fox -- with Carey as one of its new judges.

What are some of your favorite family holiday traditions? Share your stories in the comments section!

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