Martina McBride: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Martina McBride singing I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a song that really meant a lot to me when I was in the Army in Hawaii for the Christmases of 1963, 1964 and 1965 four thousand miles from home in Pineville, Louisiana.

However playing the song in the barracks didn’t go over well since it reminded the other soldiers they would not be home for Christmas and they let me know in no uncertain terms not to play the song again.

There is a warm feeling to have a family together for Christmas and this song expresses that feeling.

The song was written in 1943 and is still popular 67 years later. Bing Crosby was the first to record the song and combined with his White Christmas which was first sung in public by Crosby in 1941 to make him well known for singing Christmas songs.

Since the song was written during wartime in 1943 it really hit home for soldiers stationed overseas.

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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