If there is one song always associated with Christmas it surely is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. 

Somehow, even almost 25 years after its release the song is a staple of the winter holiday season and not just in the Western regions, but even here in India. 

You can often hear new-age cafes and lounges in Delhi playing this song in the December month right before the Christmas holiday. 

But more than anything, it was quite interesting when we came across an Indian girl’s rendition of this song in the form of sign language. 


The video of this Indian girl going by the username @dr.ush.yaya where she is seen singing the lyrics to Carey’s song was part of a challenge raised by actor Nyle DiMarco ‏on his Twitter. 

What Was This Challenge?

On 21st December, Nyle DiMarco ‏posted on his Twitter a video where a person is using sign language to sing the lyrics of Carey’s song. He then challenged all of his followers to post a video signing that. 


This resulted in a long thread of people posting their videos on Instagram and Twitter with DiMarco eventually putting them all up on his Twitter. 

DiMarco is himself a deaf actor, having acted in series like ‘Switched At Birth’, ‘America’s Next Top Model’, and ‘Difficult People’ and an activist who likes to bring awareness to deaf culture through his social media. 

In the spirit to make the holiday season more inclusive DiMarco probably started this trend and now it has people from around the world not only copying DiMarco’s sign language but giving it their own regional translation. 

In another tweet DiMarco explained that he was doing this challenge to normalise sign language as “unfortunately more than 75% of hearing parents do not sign to communicate with their deaf child.”

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The Reaction To This Challenge

Perhaps the best praise and reaction was from the original singer Mariah Carey herself who called this challenge ‘amazing’. 

Other people on Twitter have also reacted positively to it and commented on how it is working to not only create an inclusive challenge but also make people actually learn sign language. 

Considering how iconic the song is, apparently having earned more than $60 million in royalties since its debut in 1994 as per a 2016 report by The Economist, it was a good decision to choose it.

Carey herself got a win this year with this song hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever. 

But this challenge is certainly some good news in these turbulent times where people of all regions, cultures, countries come together to make the holiday season happy for people of all kinds.

Image Credits: Google Images

Sources: Twitter, The Economic Times, CNN

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