I'll Be Home for Christmas (Day Three)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:35 AM

Continuing the series is “I'll Be Home for Christmas.” I like pretty much all Christmas music in the traditional “canon,” but this isn't necessarily normally one of my top picks amongst all the classics. And yet it stuck in my head today and seemed somehow fitting. So, here it is.

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

—Walter Kent and Kim Gannon

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Re: I'll Be Home for Christmas (Day Three)
I note with some bemusement most of my Christmas holidays are happy and relaxed when I'm with my wife. Otherwise, it's the most contentious time of the year for us when we are amongst the rest of the extended family.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Dec 28, 2007 | 12:53 PM

Re: I'll Be Home for Christmas (Day Three)
That song has such a special significance partly, I think, because of its creation and release during World War II. There's such poignancy about and bitter sweetness in that last line. The Bing Crosby recording is the original (1943) and my favorite.
Posted by Jason P. Franklin - Dec 28, 2007 | 3:45 PM

Re: I'll Be Home for Christmas (Day Three)
Ed: somehow I think you are not alone in that. :) Extended families and holidays do not always mix well... Jason: Yes, I think you are right. That last line is the key to it. It is hard to beat the Bing Crosby version, I agree.
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Dec 29, 2007 | 9:10 PM

Re: I'll Be Home for Christmas (Day Three)
Ed: Interesting how that tends to be true for church families as well. We're all brothers and sisters in Christ, but when you get several churches together for a joint something, everybody sort tries to keep the conversation surface. Let's not talk about doctrinal distinctions etc. Spend too much time and someone's going to slip and tensions rise.
Posted by Jason P. Franklin - Dec 30, 2007 | 2:55 PM

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