A New Verse For “I’ll Be Home For Christmas?”

WWII singers

About 10 years ago, my wife had a community choir here in Santa Maria, CA.   I did whatever I could to help the group from putting up risers and selling tickets to occasionally singing a song.

One summer, she asked if I would like to do a song at a Veteran’s Day concert the group was having in early November.  I said I would, but I wanted to pick the song.  I wanted to do I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas had always been a favorite of mine during the holidays, and I wanted to know more about when and why it was written. Doing some research, I learned that the song was written in 1943 and America was involved in WWII. This song was written from the perspective of the American GI, being away from their loved ones during the Holidays.

For many, this would have been their first time away from home. Like my dad.  He was one of the brave young men who serve in WWII.  I then started to think about the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces today, and felt this song needed a second verse. The following was co-written with my late wife;

They’ll be home for Christmas
But in case they’re not
Say a prayer, hold them near
And keep them in your thoughts
Christmas Eve may find them
Far away from home
Let them know they’re needed
And that they’re not alone

Bob Segui is a military brat living in Santa Maria, CA.  He is working as a Counselor at a community college where he occasionally works with veteran students as well as men and women currently serving in the military.


About the Author

Jacey Eckhart
Jacey Eckhart is the former Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom. Find her at JaceyEckhart.net.
  • Sonja

    That song always makes me cry and now a new verse! So beautiful and appropriate. Merry Christmas to everyone. Thank you to all of you at Spouse Buzz for my daily e-mails. Thank you to my sister and brother mil spouses that give of themselves in so many ways. Keep strong and safe this holiday season.

  • Kim P

    Very good post!
    Merry Christmas

  • How sad and wonderful all at the same time. The song made me cry this year.