In 2021, you think you’d be hard pressed to glean the true meaning of Christmas from Hollywood. However, some haven’t completely forgotten the most important reasons for the Christmas season.
Singer Mariah Carey recently made a point to honor Jesus Christ’s mother, the Virgin Mary, as the “queen of Christmas” and we admire the beautiful sentiment.
In a recent interview on BBC radio program the “Zoe Ball Breakfast Show,” the legendary singer was asked about being called the “Queen of Christmas” by her legions of adoring fans, though she humbly claimed that title belonged to someone much more deserving.
Of course, in a corporate holiday/music industry sense, you could call Carey the “Queen of Christmas. Her 1994 “All I Want for Christmas is You'' has literally become the most popular Christmas song of all time. Forget going platinum, the song has become diamond certified this year, as acknowledged by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Remarkably the song is the first Christmas song in history to receive that status and there’s no mystery as to why considering the amount of times it’s played every year – starting the minute after Thanksgiving all the way until 12 am on December 26.
Though the insane success of the song hasn’t spoiled Mariah. The legendary diva, much like the angels her voice reminds so many of, knows that Christ and his mother Mary are the real focal point of Christmas, and worth much more than a diamond-certified song.
Carey eschewed the title “Queen of Christmas” for herself and claimed it belongs to Christ’s mother. “I’m someone that loves Christmas, that happened to be blessed to write All I want For Christmas Is You. And a lot of other Christmas songs,” she said. “And let’s face it, you know, everybody’s faith is what it is. But to me, Mary is the Queen of Christmas.”
Well that’s beautiful, and quite the refreshing answer. Even this diva acknowledges she can’t take the crown from history’s most important and perfect woman, whose faith and trust in God allowed for the greatest miracle (next to the Resurrection) to occur.
“I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that,” Carey added. Well even if she’s not quite the “Queen of Christmas,” the Diva is even higher in our eyes now for giving the honor to the Blessed Mother.
Her statement also reminds us that Christmas isn’t about commercialism and the material satisfaction that many of us will wake up to on Christmas morning, but the loving sacrifice that God, and his cooperative holy family made in bringing good will towards all men.
Carey concluded her thoughts on the Christmas season by thanking fans and spreading Christmas cheer. “I just want to say ‘thank you’ and give love to everybody on Christmas Day!”
We wish Mariah a Merry Christmas as well!