I Shall Be Home on Christmas Day

I left home when I was 18, but still went home every Christmas.

I left England when I was 21. In the following years, before my parents both died, I was only “Home on Christmas Day” three times.

Though I made my own family Christmases here in South Africa, it is just not the same, celebrating Christmas in a very hot country, in the middle of summer.

Christmas will always feel a little sad to me.

So here is Elvis to sing it like it is.

Wishing those of you who celebrate it;

Merry Christmas;

and those of you who do not;

Happy Holidays. 

And sparing a thought for those who are lonely or sad at this time of year and sending you a Sunbeam!


post script: In the spirit of re-using last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, I am re-cycling last year’s Christmas post; because you can’t say it any better than Elvis.

Traditions fall away or are no longer viable (you can’t build a snowman without snow) so you have to start new ones. This is the fourth time I have recycled this post and it is now my new tradition. My Old Faithful (followers) will no doubt remember this post and join in the tradition.


If you have trouble trying to watch this video, you could try here Elvis 1,  Elvis 2, or Elvis 3, or else just search on YouTube for “Elvis, I’ll be home on Christmas Day.” It is worth the effort to hear Elvis singing this lovely song.


36 thoughts on “I Shall Be Home on Christmas Day

  1. faeriefiles53

    Merry Christmas from the City of Elvis. We don’t get snow for Christmas round here either. Once in a while we see some of the white stuff around Jan/Feb but not for Christmas.

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  2. C C Cedras

    For perhaps the first time in my life, I’ve spent this Christmas Day in my own home without any family but for Fergus. I miss My Darling Husband so much, but I’ve been grateful for the peace of not making a lot of motion and commotion to satisfy other family members’ ideas of what the family holiday should be.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Christmas Day itself can be a little overwhelming with a lot of family and trying to fit in. I’m glad that you had your own little Christmas with Fergus, even if you were missing your husband.
      All the best for the rest of the season. 🙂

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  3. lydifeline

    Beautifully written! Thank you so much! You can have some of our light dusting snow on me! I do not know how you stand the heat?! Give Little Monkey a little extra hug for me! My two Kitty Cats send their love as well! 🙂 ❤

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate your comment. 🙂
      LM says Thank You for the hug – and hugs to your cats too. 😀
      Seasons Greetings! 🙂


  4. anitashope

    May your memories of cold Christmas from England cool off your hot Christmas of South Africa. Butmin all ways, may the love of Christmas make your day bright. Merry Christmas.

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  5. oldmainer

    I went into the military at 17. Was lucky enough to be stationed close enough to home to be able to visit. Parents are long gone, but I don’t think I have been “home” more then 3 times in the last 50 years. Have lived a lot of places so home became werever we were living at the time. But memories of my childhood still reside there. So, from me and Elvis, a very Merry Christmas to you and LM.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you 🙂 Yes, home is where your heart is, but there is always a soft spot for those childhood memories. 🙂
      A very Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

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  6. colinandray

    I was in my late 20’s when I left my family in UK to come to Canada and, like you, that move totally limited future contact with them. Whereas I have many happy memories of my Mum, my Dad and by older sister, I am only too aware that emigrating came with a very high price… but it is still Christmas, and a time to celebrate life! 🙂

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  7. Murphy's Law

    Thanks for the sunbeam. Can never really have enough of them. We’re having snow showers, so I’m sending them to you in my thoughts.

    Thanks for Elvis! My biggest wish for Christmas was to marry Elvis!! Lol. Nope, never found him under my tree.

    A very merry Christmas to you and yours, not the least of which is Little Monkey. Wishing you a New Year filled with good health, good fortune, lots of laughter, and the continued love of family and friends.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you for the snow showers – much appreciated. 🙂
      haha Now wouldn’t that have been a Christmas to remember, if you Had found Elvis under your tree? 😀
      Thank you very much for your lovely Christmas wishes. Merry Christmas to you too and all the best for 2019. 🙂


  8. quiall

    I accept your sunbeam and I send you in return a snowflake. May your memories of past Christmases bring you secret smiles and warm chuckles. Merry Christmas my friend.

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