Mariah Carey was at her peak in popularity while I was in college. Back in the late 1980’s, top secular singers were encouraged to release Christmas albums every December. While the lyrics of All I Want for Christmas is You refers to a significant other, the meaning of this song should be centered on wanting to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus, Romans 10:9-11. While Christmas is about bringing families together, Jesus should the star under your tree.
But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from [a]failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God], Matthew 1:20-21.
One of the nicknames given to Mariah for her numerous Christmas songs is the Queen of Christmas. The term Christmas is derived from Latin which means the Mass of Christmas. Churches across the country will be filled this week, some for the very first time this year. Perhaps this is a sign of penance, a plea to ask God for forgiveness for their prodigal ways. Others will sit at home on Sunday but will be back for Easter to do this all over again. May services this Christmas inspire hearts to only want one thing for Christmas, Jesus.
by Jay Mankus