Coming Home for Christmas

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Appearing in the Saturday Evening Post, 1943

 

In 1943, Bing Crosby crooned a toon that will forever live in our heart and minds… and most likely have a permanent spot in our Christmas playlists. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without him and the words…




I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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

Published in 1943 during the throws of World War II, this song expressed the yearnings in the hearts of people far from home. A sentiment that grips us to this day.

The Library of Congress explains, “It touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were then in the depths of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows in both Europe and the Pacific and Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era.”

This year, American Thanksgiving travelers are expected to hit a 9-year high. In fact, AAA believes one million more people will travel this year than last. Travel experts believe lower gas prices and higher incomes are responsible. Perhaps. But just maybe… more people than ever feel the need to connect with family and home.

Do You Love Christmas?

I dearly love Christmas and I dream of Christmases at home. Along with snow and mistletoe and hot chocolate… and dreamy Christmas novels to curl up with in front of a fire. Maybe a cookie or two…

When I decided to write another novel, it just had to be Christmas. And it just had to be about coming Home for Christmas.

And out of that desire birthed a story of two very different people, each needing a Home for Christmas.

It’s a story of love and of loss, of navigating life’s twists and turns and discovering what’s really important in life.

Home For Christmas, A Christmas Novel

Home for Christmas

Savannah is a member of Seattle’s old-money elite with an impeccable pedigree and business prowess … until, of course, it was swept away in the economic downturn. To settle debt incurred by the family business, she sold everything, including the ancestral home. And Christmas was just around the corner.

Austin Douglass grew up on an Eastern Washington wheat farm. He knew two things and promised one; the hum of a combine and a sun-scorched day’s labor. And he promised himself he wouldn’t stay. And he didn’t. His challenges today, however, are substantial. In IPO preparations, he needs deep-pocket investors. And he needs them now. Life has little prepared him for the social niceties of entertaining the Seattle elite. Through a colleague, he meets someone who is.

Savannah is a traditionalist, Austin, a minimalist. They are polar opposites. She is losing her family estate, he is gaining one.

As the holidays brighten the city and snow falls ever so magically, as time-honored Christmas traditions are celebrated, can these two breach their differences?

Journey with them and discover if there is a path leading … Home for Christmas.

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.