Why Jose Mari Chan doesn't want you to call him 'Mr. Christmas'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) — Despite his reputation in the country as "Mr. Christmas" due to his popular songs during the season, veteran crooner Jose Mari Chan admitted he wanted to be called something else.

"Please don't call me Mr. Christmas. There is only one Mr. Christmas — baby Jesus. I suggest call me the little drummer boy that heralds the advent of the season," Chan said during a special edition of CNN Philippines' 'Politics As Usual' on Tuesday.

Chan and his children Liza, Joe and Mike performed two of their classic Christmas hits "Christmas Moments" and "Let Love Be the Gift" while reminiscing their fond memories as a family.

Chan said he was inspired to write "Christmas Moments" by his childhood, growing up in Iloilo City.

His children also shared happy memories and Christmas traditions with their father.

"One of our family traditions is the trimming of Christmas tree. We have a whole box of Christmas ornaments that they (kids) had while growing up in the US," Chan shared.

"The magic is still there every December, we still get that tingly feeling, excitement. Family reunion, that special magic" said Joe.

Chan is also best known for his song "Christmas in Our Hearts" which he sang with Liza. He shared again that the original plan was to perform the piece with other fellow singers Lea Salonga or Monique Wilson, but it did not push through due to some circumstances.

Salonga was with a different record label while Wilson was unable to use her voice the day before the recording session, Chan shared, so he asked his daughter to duet with him.

"I think the Holy Spirit wanted us the two of us to sing that song," said Chan.

"Christmas is never complete without your family," he added.

Watch the full episode here.