David Jeremiah: Yearning to Be Home for Christmas

During World War II hundreds of thousands of service personnel were spread around the world. When Bing Crosby released a song in October 1943, written as if from a G.I. far away from home at Christmas, it shot up the music charts.

It has remained a Christmas classic ever since:

“I’ll be home for Christmas

You can plan on me

Please have snow and mistletoe

And presents on the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

I’ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams.”

During the war years, I’ll Be Home for Christmas was an anthem for “The Greatest Generation” and has touched hearts every Christmas since. This and other songs remind us: Home is where we want to be at Christmas.

Note: “Home” is where we want to be, not just in a house. Most people have seen the original “Home Alone” movie about an 8-year-old boy whose family flies to Paris for Christmas and leaves him “home alone” by mistake.

At first, young Kevin enjoys his newfound freedom as he entertains himself, orders pizza, watches old movies and defeats two bumbling burglars.

But eventually he misses his family. He was in his house for the holidays, but he wasn’t really at home because his family was thousands of miles away. It was only when they returned, once again turning their house into a home, that Christmas became a reminder of what’s most important in life.

Bickering and busyness had caused Kevin’s separation from his family. An argument the previous night had sent Kevin to the attic room alone, and a rushed departure the next morning caused the large family not to notice that he had been left behind. Such problems — and a host of others — can cause us to feel like we’re “home alone” for the holidays as well. Even if we can’t be in our own physical home, it’s important to share the love of Christmas with those who are important in our lives.

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Source: Baptist Press