Sunday, December 23

All I Want for Christmas





Christmas is in the air. Christmas is just around the corner. Both of these sentences can express the fact that Christmas Day is exactly just 2 days away.



Are you excited? ;-)



Today in Cool Elf, in celebration of the Yuletide (Christmas) season, we’re going to learn a song that’s getting popular again these days. This song is titled “All I Want for Christmas is You.”



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If you’re lucky, you just might hear this song playing somewhere near you -- in the mall, in the taxi, as part of a performance, etc. This song is one of the most famous Christmas songs around.



Before we go to the meaning of the words of this song, let’s first talk about the story behind it...




A Brief History



The song was written by American singer Mariah Carey together with songwriter Walter Afanasieff. It was released in 1994. Since then, this song has been performed by Mariah Carey countless of times on TV and live on tours. Aside from her, many other artists including Justin Bieber and Michael Buble have made different versions of it.



As a single, this song has been a chart-topper in different countries all over the world. The UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph considers it the most popular Christmas song of the decade.




Video



Here’s a recording of the song from Youtube:








Lyrics



Now here are the very easy words in the chorus of the song. And if you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you can read all the lyrics: 



I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you





Meaning



The meaning of the song is simple enough. The situation is that of someone who doesn’t care about Christmas presents or the bright decorations of the holidays. All she wants for Christmas is to spend time together with her lover.



(Awww…)


All?



But wait! Some of you must be getting confused about the usage of the word “all” in the song.



Most learners are familiar with the meaning of the word “all” as “every member, thing, or person.”



Ex.

All the countries

All my friends

All their books
etc.



This is why when we use them in complete sentences, we need plural Verbs. (At least in the case of Countable Nouns.)



Ex.

All the countries in the world are beautiful.

All my friends go skiing every winter.

All their books were wet.



So, the sentence “All I want for Christmas is you” might seem a bit strange to you. 






From this day on, you should remember another meaning of the word “all.”



Sometimes “all” also means “the only thing or things.”



For example, if you say:



All I ate for breakfast is a piece of toast.



This means that the only thing you ate is a piece of bread. This is why you might be hungry at the moment because your breakfast wasn’t enough.



In the sentence, the word “all” is being used before an Adjective Clause. Like this:



All (that) I ate for breakfast is a piece of toast. = The only thing that I ate for breakfast is a piece of toast.



Another good example is the title of the Beatles song: All you need is love.



All (that) you need is love. = The only thing that you need is love.



So, finally, in our example,



All (that) I want for Christmas is you. = The only thing I want for Christmas is you.





Singular or Plural?



When we use “all” with the meaning of “the only thing or things,” it is singular and takes a singular Verb.



Ex.


All I know is that I need to study English.

All I see is broken toys.
( = The only things that I see are broken toys.)





Complete Song



Here are all the words/ lyrics of the song:



I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is...
You

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
You baby

I won't ask for much this Christmas
I don't even wish for snow
I'm just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeers click
'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Baby all I want for Christmas is you
Ooh baby
All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children's
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me the one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me...

Oh I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is...
You

All I want for Christmas is you... baby 
(repeat and fade)





More Christmas Songs



If you’d like to learn more Christmas songs for this special season, here are some of my recommendations:










Merry Christmas, everybody!

Keep on learning !













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