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I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Elvis’ Christmas Album – 1957

About The Song

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a classic holiday song featured on Elvis Presley’s Christmas album, released in 1957. The song conveys a poignant message of longing and hope, capturing the sentiment of soldiers wishing to be home with their loved ones during the holiday season. Elvis Presley’s rendition infuses the traditional tune with his distinctive voice and style, creating a timeless holiday classic.


  1. Origins and Inspiration: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, and Buck Ram. It was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943 during World War II, resonating with soldiers stationed abroad who longed to be home for the holidays. Elvis Presley’s version, recorded for his Christmas album in 1957, brought a new dimension to the song.
  2. Elvis’ Christmas Album: The song is part of Elvis Presley’s first Christmas album, aptly titled “Elvis’ Christmas Album,” released in 1957. The album includes a mix of traditional Christmas carols and popular holiday songs, showcasing Presley’s versatility and appeal across various musical genres.
  3. Commercial Success: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” contributed to the success of Elvis’ Christmas Album, which went on to become one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. Elvis’ rendition of the song is particularly notable for its emotional delivery and the sincerity with which he interprets the lyrics.
  4. Military Connection: Given the song’s origins during World War II, it resonated strongly with military personnel. Elvis Presley, who himself served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, brought a personal connection to the theme of being away from home during the holidays.
  5. Cultural Impact: Elvis Presley’s version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has endured as a holiday classic and is regularly featured in Christmas playlists. The song’s themes of love, longing, and the desire to be reunited with family during the festive season continue to strike a chord with listeners, making it a perennial favorite during Christmas celebrations.



I’ll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents for the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light leads
I’ll be home for Christmas, ohh, yes
If only in my dreams
(I’ll be home for Christmas)