Blake Shelton gives active-duty soldiers a taste of home with a little help in this video Carol Smith/YouTube screenshot
Carol Smith/YouTube screenshot

As the song says, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a time of reflection, introspection and gratitude. And it’s a time that most of us want to be at home.

In 2005, Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé captured all of those amazing emotions of missing and being home into the hit song, aptly and simply titled “Home.” The song was so real and compelling that in 2007, boy band Westlife recorded it. Also in that same year, our boy Blake Shelton covered it for his “Pure BS” album. When Blake released “Home” as a single in early 2008 and the song soared up the charts, he was invited to perform the sweet serenade with Michael several times during concerts.

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Then in 2012, at Blake’s request, Michael reworked the smash single to give it a Christmas feel. The country star then added it to the track listing of his holiday collection, “Cheers, It’s Christmas.”

The results are one of the most sweet and tender contemporary Christmas songs we’ve heard. During his 2012 TV special, Michael invited Blake to perform the revised version with him. Blake was only too happy to oblige and even asked to dedicate the performance to military personnel serving during the holidays who would be unable to come home.

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It’s a whole lot of handsome for one video, and it’s a whole lot of Christmas spirit. It’s also just enough “Home.”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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