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8 Meaningful Christmas Songs to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

Sabrina loves to write about love, life, and everything in-between in a candid yet humorous approach.

Inspirational Christmas Songs

Most people can agree that a huge part of Christmas and the holiday season is music. As Thanksgiving passes and November gives in to December, Christmas music can be heard everywhere, from stores and restaurants to people's cars and homes.

Christmas music is something that makes people happy—it's about the most wonderful time of year and Santa and love, but it also makes us really think about the true reason for the season. These songs accomplish this goal and so much more, and I couldn't imagine the holiday season without them.

1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

I don't think any Christmas playlist is complete without "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey. There's something so joyful and hopeful about the song that it just puts you in a good mood and makes you want to sing along. The meaning behind it is simple: love.

It's about choosing to be with a loved one over getting anything else for Christmas. And really, isn't that what Christmas is all about? Forsaking all gifts for the greatest gift that can be given, true love.

2. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Christina Aguilera

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a classic Christmas song covered by many artists. Christina's version of it is one of my favorites because her voice is so strong and powerful that it makes the listener almost weep due to its depth and beauty.

The song is about enjoying Christmas with loved ones and not thinking about troubles and problems of the past. It's about just enjoying the moment and everything that comes with it. It's such a beautiful and almost longing song that is one of my favorites.

3. "My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears

"My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears is a Christmas classic to me. I am a huge fan of Britney Spears and have been for as long as she's been around. I remember listening to this song when I was just a kid and it brings back a lot of great Christmas memories.

This is another one of those Christmas songs that is actually a love song in disguise. Christmas is a time of year that really brings out the longing to be with that special someone. This song is about how having that special someone with you is really the only wish you need. It's a really fun but meaningful song for all ages.

4. "Grown-Up Christmas List" by Amy Grant

I love "Grown-Up Christmas List" by Amy Grant so much. It really gets to the heart of what Christmas becomes as you grow into an adult. It's about wanting something more for the world during this special time of year. Something more than presents, but rather world peace, the end to hunger, and just for people to stop hating and start loving each other instead.

It's a really deep and meaningful Christmas song that gives you all the feels. It means a lot more this season especially after everything the world has been through this year.

5. "My Only Wish" by Jessica Simpson

"My Only Wish" by Jessica Simpson is another Christmas love song. I think Jessica Simpson is a really great, but sadly very underrated, singer. Her strong vocals are really evident in this beautiful song about how the greatest gift of all is love.

The theme of love is evident in many Christmas songs. All kinds of love, whether it's romantic or just love for mankind. It goes to show that it's not about what's under the tree that really matters, it's about what's in your heart and if you're willing to share that with others.

6. "Christmas Without You" by One Republic

"Christmas Without You" by One Republic is a fairly recent cover song by the band. I knew from the first time I heard it that I loved it. It's about trying to get home for Christmas to your loved one, how while it's terrible to miss birthdays and other holidays, Christmas cannot be celebrated without your loved ones no matter what it takes to get home. One Republic has many great songs and they didn't disappoint on this holiday classic either.

7. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Elvis Presley

"I'll be Home for Christmas" by Elvis Presley is a classic Christmas song from way back when. It was originally written in 1943 in honor of the soldiers who were off fighting in World War II and couldn't be home for the holidays.

It's about wanting to come home for Christmas and be with loved ones, but also coming to terms with the fact that it might not happen in reality, but stay just a dream in your mind instead. It's a bittersweet, but very realistic, song because many people just are not able to be with their loved ones for the holiday season.

8. "Someday at Christmas" by Jackie Evancho

"Someday at Christmas" by Jackie Evancho is by far the most meaningful and beautiful Christmas song I have ever heard. Jackie's vocals are powerful and haunting at the same time. This song is about the hope that someday the world will know peace and love everywhere. There will no longer be hate, war, and destruction. It's basically a wish of a Utopian world where everyone is happy and free.

Like she sings: "maybe not in time for you and me" but "someday" which gives us hope of a better world in the future. All in all a wonderful Christmas song but bring the tissues because it will make you cry.

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