There are a few Christmas songs out there that never fail to make me verklempt, much as I hate to admit it. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." "O Holy Night." "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)." Now I have another tear-jerking tune to add to the list.
Written and performed by Master Sgt. Robert Allen of Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, the heartfelt serenade is a holiday love letter to his faraway wife (he's stationed in Afghanistan, she's back home in Pawnee, Oklahoma).
And I'm not the only one who's moved by the song. Allen's fellow Marines at Camp Leatherneck were so impressed, they filmed him singing and playing the modern-day military carol to serve as a video Christmas card for the thousands of spouses and families who'll be spending these holidays without loved ones.
I think my favorite part of the song is the verse where he acknowledges the challenges wives like his face every day:
"It's a tough, hard life, being a military wife, spreading cheer along the way, wearing a smile every day, while your husband's away."
Take a listen ... just have the tissues handy!
Do you have a loved one in the military you'll be missing during the holidays?
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