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Mariah Carey's been planning kids' first Christmas 'all her life'

December 1, 2011 |  9:32 am

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon and dem babies

Nick Cannon knew what he was getting into when he married singer Mariah Carey, a woman he calls "Miss Christmas," but their infant twins are in for a big surprise.

"I think my wife has been planning this all her life, Christmas with the kids," Cannon told the Ministry this week. "We always have a real Santa Claus come with real reindeer on Christmas Eve, but this is the first time with our own children."

Yes, we'd call booking Santa and his entourage going all out, but wait, there's more: Cannon said the holiday tradition will also feature an elaborate dinner and church services in Aspen where the entire clan will "be as festive as we can."

Twins Monroe and Moroccan, debuted on "20/20" in October, can look forward to some quality time with their parents at year's end, but it's right back to work for Dad in 2012.

Cannon is a recurring character on Maya Rudolph and Christina Applegate's sitcom "Up All Night" and pushing a stand-up DVD and hosting a radio show from New York. In February, he'll add director to his credits.

"It's my first feature," he said. "Think about movies like 'House Party,' or 'Friday'; it's a modern equivalent of that."

Cannon said the film was in the beginning stages of casting, has a home at production company Lionsgate and will heavily involve figures from the L.A. dance movement like the New Boyz and the Ranger$.


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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's twins are born: Hello, #dembabies!

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon cradle dem babies, Monroe and Morroccan, for a Barbara Walters interview. Credit: Getty Images