by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

One of the very best depressing (or at least melancholy) Christmas songs ever written has to be "I'll be Home for Christmas," first recorded by Bing Crosby during World War II.  Many people forget that it is a song about soldiers separated from their families.  This year some 300,000 American servicemembers and support personnel will be home for Christmas only in their dreams.

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