|The Mursch House on Elmwood Street, Crafton, PA, 1929|
|Elva and Bill Mursch|
|Madame Schumann-Heink singing Silent Night|
Click on the link above to hear her singing just
as it was back in 1929 on the radio.
Then we would “hang up our stockings by the chimney with care”, and in the morning we would gleefully sing out "Merry Christmas!" to each other as we discovered the treasures of perhaps a new handkerchief, an apple, nuts and maybe some candy tucked inside! After opening our gifts ("The Boy Ranchers Among the Indians" YES!! A new pocket-knife? Wow, Gee Thanks, Santa! ) we would gather around the table for a delicious ham dinner with all the trimmings. My mother was a wonderful cook, and even when times were tough, she could create a meal that made our celebration a very joyous time together.
Later in the evening our family would take a walk around the neighborhood and see all the homes decked out in their glorious Christmas displays. It was truly a festive time on Elmwood Street! Such happy, happy memories.
Oh yes, one more little adventure to share with you:
|Our Christmas Tree (before the needles fell off)|
|The Mursch Family a few years later, circa 1952|
in the dining room of the house on Elmwood Street.
|Some of the Mursch Family, 1982|
|The "Billy Mursch" Family, 2005 (most of it)|
|The Very Distinguished "Billy Mursch" |
2010, age 92. What a guy!!! (UPDATE: THIS
WAS TAKEN AS HE ENJOYED HIS
LAST THANKSGIVING WITH HIS FAMILY. We are all really missing his wit and charm...)
Link to "Christmas on Elmwood Street, Part One"