BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#952 - "Christmas Is All About You" by Mallary Hope
The celebrated artist sings about the true reason for the season.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #952 -
Posted: December 20, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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This upbeat original Christmas recording by Mallary Hope is from her Christmas is All About You EP. Mallary has previously released the hit songs "Now" and "Just a Baby." And, "Christmas is All About You" will have you hanging on every word that Mallary sings. This song is a great way to thank Jesus for our undeserved gift of grace. Grace is freely given and isn't something we can earn by our good works. It's a gift from God by faith in Christ Jesus. The gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ started at Christmas and continues until we see Him face to face. I had the chance to speak with Mallary about her song.


Please tell me the personal story behind the song.

I wrote "Christmas Is All About You" because Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love being with my family. And, now that I'm a mom, it really is so much fun to get to experience that part of it. I tend to go overboard with buying presents and decorating our house. Thanks Mom. I just wanted to say something to even remind myself that when I get distracted by all the fun stuff, to keep in mind what the holiday means. Without the gift of Christ, without the story of Christmas, there would be no trees, lights, stockings or presents.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Isaiah 60:1 (NASB): "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."

John 3:30 (NKJV): "He must increase, but I must decrease."

John 8:12 (NKJV): "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'"

Matthew 5:14 (NKJV): "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."

What is the takeaway message?

There's so much joy and beauty associated with Christmas. From family time, to snow, the trees, and all the bright lights. There are so many wonders we get to enjoy. I just wanted to write something celebrating all the things that I love about Christmas. And, at the same time, asking God to keep the reason for the season at the center of my heart. Without the gift of Jesus, we wouldn't be enjoying all the "extra" stuff. So, it's just a song to thank God for the gift of his son and all that we get to enjoy. The takeaway is just to enjoy the holiday because it's a gift, but to also never forget the true reason for the season.

Lyrics:
I like stockings on the fireplace, the snow that's on the ground
The hustle and the bustle, the crazy of the crowd
I love feeling like a kid again, gingerbread and peppermints
All the magic in the air this time of year

All the lights can't compare
To how bright Your love lights up the world
All the presents 'round the tree
Aren't as perfect and priceless as the gift You are to me
Help me remember as December rushes through
Lord, remind me when I forget the truth
Christmas is all about You

I like gathering up the family, making our new memories
The cookies and the caroling, old movies on TV
I love sitting here with my kids, the same way that my parents did
Telling them what Christmas really is

All the lights can't compare
To how bright Your love lights up the world
All the presents 'round the tree
Aren't as perfect and priceless as the gift You are to me
Help me remember as December rushes through, oh-ohhh
A baby in a manger brings the truth
Christmas is all about You

I love thinking 'bout that starry night
Mary looking in Your eyes
Watching our hope come to life
Right there in Bethlehem

All the lights can't compare
To how bright Your love lights up the world
All the presents 'round the tree
Aren't as perfect and priceless as the gift You are to me
Help me remember as December rushes through, oh-ohhh
A baby in a manger brings the truth
Is all about You, all about You
Lord, remind me when I forget
Christmas is all about You
Christmas is all about You
Christmas is all about You


Closing Thoughts

The phrase "All the lights can't compare to how bright Your love lights up the world," is something all believers can sing to God. That's one of those beautiful truths that we can all cling to and get through anything we might be dealing with on this side of eternity, knowing that we have a blessed hope waiting for us in Heaven. What's most amazing about our Savior Jesus is that of all the ways He could have chosen to save us, He chose to come down and be the least among us and a suffering servant. The main message of the song is to hold on to Christ, as something better is coming. The grace that God offers in the crux of the song, ultimately the bridge: "I love thinking 'bout that starry night/Mary looking in Your eyes/Watching our hope come to life."

"Christmas is All About You" captures the truth expressed in John 3:30 (NKJV). We are all called to have the faith expressed by John the Baptist: "He must increase, but I must decrease." What a great way to reflect on the miracle of Christmas.

God came down as a baby, gave Himself to us, our Creator and our King. It's a powerful Christmas song that really challenges you to think about the sacrifice that our King Jesus made on our behalf. Whenever I'm tempted to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the commercial Christmas season, a song like this one can help me focus on the true meaning of Christmas, which is to stop and be in awe of Jesus. This song is a great way to thank Jesus for our undeserved gift of grace.

Grace is freely given and isn't something we can earn by our good works. It's a gift from God by faith in Christ Jesus. The gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ started at Christmas and continues until we see Him face to face. To celebrate the gift of grace this Christmas and all year, remember and with gladness sing, "Lord, remind me when I forget/Christmas is all about You." Merry Christmas.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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