As hard as it is to believe, it’s that time of year again. No matter how we choose to celebrate the holiday season, there are certain cultural touchstones that we can all count on to get us in the spirit every December.
Perhaps its the chance to settle in by the fireplace and watch Elf or Home Alone for the hundredth time (this week), or maybe its the excitement of finally getting to put the Christmas lights back up, assuming you ever bothered to take them down last year—hey, no judgement!
However, it’s hard to point to a more universally definitive mark of the holiday season than the music. Admittedly, most stores and radio stations seem to start bashing us over the head with it earlier every year, but the point still stands that (given its actually December) there are certain timeless songs that we can count on year after year; and though we might get more than our fill of some them, there’s comfort in knowing that: no matter what has come and gone in the past 12 months, some things never fade—Mariah Carey’s glorious voice, for one.
Well, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, pop-star power couple, seem to have connected with this fact as, on December 5th, they released a surprise duet of the classic “The Christmas Song.” Further, they did so with the intention of helping those in need—as proceeds from the streams will go in support of Feeding America. The pair also pledged an additional $100,000 to the charity.
As Cabello wrote on her Instagram, “This has been such a crazy year with so many challenges. This holiday season, it is more important than ever to spread love and kindness to everyone! Shawn and I wanted to send all our love to you amazing humans so we put together something special for you, our rendition of #TheChristmasSong… It would make our holidays if you went on their website and donated to one of their sectors and help out your community! They have sectors all over the nation. Let’s make our little corner of the world more beautiful today.”
All of that to say, the couple seems clearly in touch with the spirit of giving, humanity, and reminiscence that is at the heart of this season for so many people—regardless of their varying traditions and walks of life. Sure, we’ve all heard “The Christmas Song” done a million times over, but, when done with the talent and sincerity of Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, we should all be glad to hear it a million times more.
Listen to their duet below and for more information on Feeding America, click here!