"Grown-Up Christmas List" (sometimes titled "My Grown-Up Christmas List") is a Christmas song composed by David Foster (music) and Linda Thompson-Jenner (lyrics), and originally recorded by Foster (with singer Natalie Cole on vocals) for his 1990 non-holiday album River of Love. Though it was also released as a single, the song was not a hit upon its first appearance. In 1992, however, Amy Grant recorded a version for her second holiday album, Home for Christmas. Grant's version featured altered lyrics and an additional verse that Grant penned herself. Her record label at the time, A&M Records, promoted the song as the second single from the album, and it received substantially more radio airplay than the original version by Foster.
The song is about a visit with Santa Claus by an adult who does not ask Santa for anything material for Christmas, but rather nothing but good things for all humanity.
The original version by David Foster with Natalie Cole also appeared on Foster's 1993 holiday set, The Christmas Album.
In 2003, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson performed "Grown-Up Christmas List" on the show's Christmas special, which resulted in renewed airplay of the song during the holiday season that year.
The 2000 version by Monica also contains a second verse penned by Thompson-Jenner. Kelly Clarkson's 2003 version was the first version to make any of Billboard's singles chart; her rendition peaked at no. 17 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart during the Christmas holiday season of 2003-2004. Miguel's cover was recorded in Spanish as "Mi Humilde Oración" for his album Navidades and it peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart.
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