A Christmas Gift and Wish

DSC_0099 (2)It’s Christmas Eve and I am just relaxing and thinking of my family and friends. Unfortunately, Judy is suffering from a very bad case of acute bronchitis and is having a very tough time between the coughing, the wheezing and the inability to sleep. We visited her doctor today and she is taking medications for both the infection as well as the coughing.

As a precaution, we’ve decided to lay low at home until she is feeling better, AND so as not to take any chances of getting another family member sick. It will be a very quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for both of us. This is will be time first time in 30 years that we won’t be with our children on Christmas Day. We both decided it was the best thing to do, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to feeling a bit sad and melancholy right now. I know Judy feels the same way.

In order to cheer myself up a bit, I decided to create a special video for all of my Duquesne friends and my family. It feature the Christmas song that most reminds me of the Christmas of my youth. Take a few minutes and enjoy this beautiful carol and images of our town and representations of the Christmas of our youth.

And finally……………………….


MILL Christmas CARD

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11 Responses to A Christmas Gift and Wish

  1. C Pobojeski says:

    We were alone this Holiday too. Your video made me cry. it brought such good memories of being young and having Christmas in Duquesne surrounded by wonderful neighbors and loving family. i miss it all!!

  2. Gene (Geno) Sabolcik says:

    Merry Christmas Jim!! Hope you (and all Duquesne Hunkies) had a wonderful Christmas season!

  3. Barbara Ruhe says:

    Absolutely beautiful I have tears in my eyes. My kids can’t believe what a wonderful place Duquesne was when we were growing up. Thanks Jim. Don’t ever stop the memories.

  4. Diane Maydew Belliveau says:

    Jim, YOU are a gift to us all! I am from across the river in McKeesport, now living in Arizona. Your posts bring me home ! Thank you! Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2013,

  5. Bob Chermonitz says:

    Jim, the last time I sang that song was midnight mass, Christmas 1964. I was in the choir. You were an alter boy. I must say it brought a tear to my eye. So many years ago but still close to my heart! I hope your wife gets well soon. God Bless you and your family. And a Blessed Christmas to all.

    . Duquesne still shines tonight.

    • Lou A. says:

      Bob and Jim – That album must have been a big seller in Duquesne. Being in choir, I remembered singing that too (at St Joe’s in 64) and just went thru some r-e-a-l-l-y old sheet music. RIGHT THIS MINUTE I am holding in my hands a copy of a mimeograph copy (remember them?) of “CHRISTMAS CAROL, words and music by a Sister of St. Joseph” that we must have used. What a happy memory. This post is a little late as I just got home; my wife and I were in Duquesne with Mom and other family; Christmas Eve Mass at Holy Name was packed; choir, carols, organ, trumpet, drums and of course, Fr Dennis. Then Wednesday AM the snow came…..

  6. Donna Manns says:

    Thanks for the great gift of Xmas. Get well soon.

  7. Debra Faust-Clancy says:

    Merry Christmas, Jim and Judy. Be well.

  8. sally morini says:

    Did I see Sister Agnes Eugene in this video? Beautiful video…………

  9. Sharyn Kelley Manns says:

    Prayer & wishes for Judy’s quick recovery, & for a comforting day together for you tomorrow.

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