Never before has the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" held so much meaning for me. It has been six months since I have seen my family, the longest stretch that I have ever had to endure. Every day that I am away from my family, the realization of just how much they mean to me strengthens. My family is so much more than a compilation of people who are related to me, it contains my dearest and truest friends. I have the kind of family that I actually want to spend time with, they are people I would choose to associate myself with even if there was no relation at all. I feel truly blessed and thankful to be going "home" for Christmas.