"O Come Emmanuel" was not always one of my favorite Christmas carols. Sadly, I lumped it in with other Christmas "faves" such as "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Wish You a Merry Christmas." Yet, many years ago while reading the Apostle Matthew's narrative of Jesus' birth, I found myself profoundly impacted by Emmanuel. The captivating story of the advent of Jesus Christ year after year continually astonishes me. I no longer believe worshipful Christmas carols such as "O Come Emmanuel" stand parallel with holiday songs about Santa, a red-nosed reindeer or a snowman.