The song I’ll Be Home for Christmas is a standard around the holidays. The song was written by James Kimball “Kim” Gannon, who was an American songwriter. The famous singer, Bing Crosby, recorded the song in 1943, and it became a huge hit. The song is still popular today.
What many people do not know is that the song is about a soldier in World War II, hoping to come home so that he can be with his family at Christmas. Knowing this, the haunting lyrics become more poignant.
Christmas Eve will find me where the love light beams. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.
Home is like a magnet, always drawing us back. Matthew Henry wrote, “If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family worship the most valuable of our family comforts. A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you.”
I’m planning ahead. This year, I’ll be home for Christmas – if only in my dreams.