Monday Musings: All I want for Christmas…

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At this point in the build-up to the Festive Season, chances are you’ve already heard Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” blaring over the aisles at your local Pick n Pay, or from your neighbour’s house across the street.

It’s one of those anthems that everybody knows. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’ll likely recall that signature intro chime, the drumbeat and the piano part leading up to that iconic line: “All I want for Christmas is you”.

With the official video on YouTube now sitting at 565 million views, what many don’t know is that it took only 15 minutes to write, and remains the biggest international hit of Mariah’s entire career.

The Christmas smash, which she described as a “happy accident” during an interview in an Amazon Music documentary, is a very happy accident that has earned her over $60 million according to The Economist. But perhaps even more impressive is its ability to charm listeners across the globe year after year, despite its ubiquity.

While the song is a testament to the Queen of Christmas’ ability to home in on her skills as an artist and capture the spirit of the season, it also proves that simple, authentic messaging goes a long way. Love it or hate it, it’s an anthem that continues to capture the spirit of the season – it’s not about the presents, it’s about the feeling. The feeling of hopefulness, homecoming, and the ones we hold closest to our hearts, no matter how near or far they are.

So, what are you wanting this Christmas? Big Ambitions Director & CEO, Natalia Rosa, captures it best: “An infinite mindset throughout 2021”. How about we play that on repeat this Festive season?  

What the world has been musing over this week:

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A Million Dreams

On the topic of iconic songs for the Festive Season, P!nk and the Ndlovu Youth Choir virtually performed an incredible cover of ‘A Million Dreams’ from the ‘The Greatest Showman’ to support UNICEF’s Changemaker benefit for children.

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5,6,7,8,9 and 10

Hear about the unusual sequence of numbers drawn by South Africa’s national lottery? A statistician took to Cape Talk and weighed in on the odds.

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Good news for travel agents

According to a recent survey by ABTA, consumers are 20% more likely to use a travel professional now than before the pandemic. Get the insights here.

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Pack up your trunk

In this video, the “world’s loneliest” ellie, Kaavan, makes contact with another of his species for the first time in eight years.

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Now that’s a safety video

Air New Zealand is known for their quirky, witty, safety videos – and their latest one does not disappoint, clocking up over 200,000 views in one day.

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Looking for a new hobby? Or a unique gift for a loved one? According to this Forbes article, chess set sales are at an all-time high thanks to Netflix’s popular series, The Queens Gambit.

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Major airlines roll out new digital health pass

A new digital health pass called CommonPass will hopefully make the process easier. It’s set to be rolled out in December and major airlines including JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, are on board.

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Looking for a job?

Google has recently launched its People Card feature in South Africa, which can help influencers, entrepreneurs and job hunters to boost their online presence. 

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Slide to your boarding gate

Not only does the Jewel Changi Airport have an epic waterfall, but it also has an inventive boarding gate slide that lets passengers travel in style to their flights.