Friday, December 22, 2006


Dear readers, I'm going to put my blog on a holiday schedule for awhile. After tonight's post, I'll take the Christmas weekend off. I'll probably write one or two posts next week, and then take the New Year's weekend off. Merry Christmas, and peace and love to everyone.

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Last year on Christmas Eve our family decided on the spur of the moment to go caroling at a nearby nursing home, so we blew out the candles on the tree and drove over there. Most of the residents seemed unaware of their surroundings, and it was the kind of nursing home where that might be a blessing. Some of the residents, though, were pretty with it, and a couple of visitors asked us to sing in their rooms. One of those was a Hungarian woman who told us about her mother, a patient who was suffering from Parkinson's disease. The woman sadly said that she didn't think her mother would make it to next Christmas, and you didn't have to be a doctor to see that she was telling the truth.

At her request we sang "Silent Night." The woman started crying shortly into the song, and by the end of it my eyes were feeling pretty leaky too. Anyway, we came home to open our presents, and after seeing those patients and how fortunate I was compared to them, I really didn't care anymore what I got for Christmas.

May all of you be fortunate enough to not care what you get for Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somewhat shocked to see that someone else has candles on their tree...
Have a joyous break from blogging.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Dr Dork said...

Lovely tale.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


1:59 AM  
Blogger purple_kangaroo said...

Thank you for sharing that story. Merry Christmas.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have a wonderful time these holidays

6:12 AM  
Blogger WendyLou said...

Got me tearing up over here...

What I wanted most for Christmas last year is currently sleeping peacfully in my bed next to her daddy. It is a miracle she is there, healthy and whole.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, and everyone else who reads this!

God Bless us, everyone.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Dream Mom said...

Beautiful story, well said.

Merry Christmas.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Brandy said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday memory.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

God Bless

11:14 PM  
Blogger Krystal said...

Thanks for the reminder Doc. You have a merry Christmas too.

1:02 AM  
Blogger Barbados Butterfly said...

A beautiful post. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for sharing your posts with us, they're a wonderful gift.

7:28 PM  
Blogger overactive-imagination said...

Merry Christmas to you too. I hope you enjoy your "break" and get to spend lots of quality time with your family.

8:06 PM  
Blogger michele said...

Merry Christmas and be careful with the candles! Sounds like you have a few days off...enjoy and get some rest.

1:16 AM  

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