Army fiancée Jenny Cowell, from the north east of England, is busy planning her December wedding with her soldier. She took time out to review Home for Christmasthe new album from the Military Wives Choirs, for Army&You

I started to listen on my lunch break while buying wrapping paper. It is a joyful album, which really gets you into the Christmas spirit.

mwcnov16I enjoyed the version of Away in a Manger, which is calming and a Christmas classic. One of my favourite songs on the album is track eight – Let it Snow – which has a fun, festive swing feel to it. I enjoyed the mix of songs as there are some real classics blended with familiar tunes given a new twist.

The title track, Home for Christmas, is set to the tune of Hark the Herald Angels Sing and has lyrics most military families can relate to, around being home with friends and family for Christmas – something that many of us have to go without at this time of year.

This song had particular meaning for me and my partner as although we have been lucky enough to spend time together over the festive period, we have been in a long-distance relationship for the last three years while he studies to qualify as a nurse with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

This Christmas will see us getting wed and starting our new life together as a married couple with a more local posting and when I will officially become a military wife. I hope everyone else enjoys the album.  

Home for Christmas is available on CD or digital download from today (Friday, 25 November).

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