- NNHS Newsletter - If We Make It Through December
man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
How about a Merle Haggard classic to wind up November?
BONUS #1 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGDo1Jybs_I - If We Make It Through
December - Merle Haggard, 1974
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-IJxTd8dCo - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1985
|"If We Make It Through December" is the title of a song
written and recorded by American
country music singer
Merle Haggard. It was released in October 1973 as the lead single
of the same name. The song was included on Haggard's Christmas
album released that year. In the years since its release, "If We Make It
Through December" — which, in addition to its Christmas
motif, also uses themes of
unemployment and loneliness — has become one of the trademark songs
of Haggard's career.
Written in 1973, it treats with Haggard's characteristically simple poetry the desperate optimism of a working-class man dealing with economic hardship. Having been laid off from his factory job just prior to the holidays, the man becomes depressed over his predicament during what normally should be a "happy time of year." At one point, he observes that his little girl "don't understand why Daddy can't afford no Christmas cheer."
The chorus, "If we make it through December/Everything's gonna be alright I know" expresses hope, the protagonist telling himself that hope exists if he wants to deal with "the coldest time of winter" and the cold, lonely feeling he experiences while watching the snow fall ("and I shiver when I see the falling snow").
While Christmas is a prominently theme of this song, writer Tom Roland said the song is not considered a "pure" Christmas record, as the subject of economics was also explored.
"If We Make It Through December" was received positively by a review panel with Billboard magazine. In the review published October 13, 1973, they wrote, "Another change of pace by Haggard, who keeps surprising with his various styles, and does so well with all. He is a complete artist."
The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in December 1973 and January 1974, and cracked the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. "If We Make It Through December" was the No. 2 song of the year on Billboard's Hot Country Singles 1974 year-end chart. 
Today is also the first Sunday in Advent.
|The Advent season marks the beginning of the Christian year across
many western churches in the United States. Its length varies from 22 to
28 days, starting on the Sunday nearest
Andrew’s Day and encompassing the next three Sundays, ending on
Many Christians in the United States attend a church service on the first Sunday of Advent and may engage in activities such as special prayers and contributing to ideas on enhancing peace. Many Advent traditions are observed in the United States in the prelude to Christmas Day. For example, the Advent wreath is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The wreath can be seen in various churches across the nation around this time of the year.
Advent calendars of all designs are also given as gifts at this time of the year. The calendars feature openings in the form of windows or doors that are numbered to count the days to Christmas. Calendars may contain chocolates, toys, or candy and are given to children as a fun way to observe the Christmas countdown. Some traditional Advent calendars show 24 days but many Advent calendars showing 25 days, with the last opening on Christmas Day...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
Happy Birthday tomorrow to My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (John Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX!
Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND George Konstant ('65) of VA;
03 - Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND The late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88));
04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA;
05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;
06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);
07 - Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:November 30, 1939 - Winter War: Soviet forces crossed the Finnish border in several places and bombed Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the war.
November 30, 1942 -
Battle of Tassafaronga
— A smaller squadron of
destroyers led by
defeated a US cruiser force under
Carleton H. Wright.
November 30, 1943 - At the Teheran Conference, an agreement was reached on Operation Overlord by U.S. President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The operation was the Anglo-American invasion across the English Channel.
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Monday, November 30, 1964 - Wrestler and mixed martial artist Jushin Thunder Liger was born Keiichi Yamada in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture.|
From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 11/29/14:
What can I do to make you better?
With love, Rochelle
AWW, HOW SWEET! Thank you so much, Rochelle! Oh, I dunno, how about a new brain? No. No, then I would lose all of my memories, and I really like most of them. I know, Santa Rochelle, new knees and hips! Ja, that's it, and while you're at it, make my legs 10" longer! Yeah, and throw in a blubberectomy, and skin tucks, and a chin lift, and great lungs, and... OH, WAIT! I know, I KNOW! World Peace!! YEAH!!!
Well, I suppose that won't work, will it? So, just keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Thanks again, Lady! I'm sure I'll snap out of this soon. I have things to do!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 11/29/14 - "Box Full of Kisses":
PLEASE WATCH, THIS IS PRICELESS.
Okay, Santa Jimmy, you made me cry. But they were good tears! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!
From 24/7wallst.com - 11/29/14 - "Eight States Where Gas Will Drop Below $2":
|"...The eight states where gas prices are likely to fall below $2 are Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri, and Tennessee..."|
From Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA - 11/28/14 - "Heavenly Divinity":
Heavenly Divinity - ~Like Mama used to make~
2-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional) or 1/2 cup cherries (optional)
1. In a 2 quart saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt.
2. Cook to hardball stage, (260 degrees), stirring only until sugar dissolves.
3. Meanwhile, as temperature of syrup reaches 250 degrees, beat egg white till stiff peaks form.
4. When syrup reaches 260 degrees, very gradually add the syrup to egg whites, beating at high speed with electric mixer.
5. Add vanilla and beat until candy holds its shape, 4-5 minutes.
6. Stir in the chopped nuts or cherries, if desired.
7. Quickly drop candy from a teaspoon onto waxed paper, swirling the top of each piece.
8. Let cool.
Servings: 40. Enjoy!
MMM! Thanks, Barbara!
From My Niece-in-Law, Leslie, of NC - 11/29/14 - "Easiest Chocolate Fudge Ever":
Watch What Happens When She Pours The Condensed Milk On Top Of Chocolate Chips
|MORE MMM! Thank you, Leslie!|
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 11/28/11 - "10 Love Lies":
|10 Lies We
Think Are Love
By Carol Tuttle
When we are born we
are completely dependent on others for our survival both physically and
emotionally. Most of us grew up with our physical needs being met
adequately and emotional needs being met sporadically or not at all.
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#6 in a series of 18)":
|AWW! Thanks, Dools!|
BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT PATTERNS:
http://www.craftown.com/Muslin-Angels.html - Dana Pruner's Muslin Angels
http://www.craftown.com/Ball-Ornament-Wreath.html - Ball Ornament Wreath
BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):http://www.recipelion.com/Casserole-Recipes/Amish-Do-It-Best-Beef-Bake/ml/1 - Amish Do It Best Beef Bake - "Though not an official Amish dish, this beef casserole recipe uses simple ingredients, many of which could be pulled from your own garden or farmer's market. A lifestyle that the Amish thrive on. Live simply and make up this Amish Do It Best Beef Bake."
http://www.recipelion.com/Savory-Pies/Gluten-Free-Impossibly-Easy-Cheeseburger-Pie/ml/1 - Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie - "Everyone at the table will love you for throwing together a quick, Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie for dinner! This hamburger stuffer is a whole lot of messy pie fun that you can enhance with ketchup, BBQ sauce or salsa!"
http://www.recipelion.com/Savory-Pies/Simple-Shepherds-Pie/ml/1 - Simple Shepherd's Pie - "It doesn't get simpler than this easy ground beef casserole, otherwise known as a Shepherd's pie. This classic favorite never gets old with my family. Make up some Simple Shepherd's Pie for a wonderful weeknight meal."
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/29/14:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1962
Dinner Get Together - 6:30 PM at Angelo's on J. Clyde Morris
Boulevard. CONTACT: Fran Heath Scott at 757-813-0446 or
2. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/27/14
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Written and Recorded by Merle Haggard (b. 06 Apr 1937), 1973
If we make it through December Everything's gonna be all right I know It's the coldest time of winter And I shiver when I see the falling snow If we make it through December Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time Maybe even California If we make it through December we'll be fine Got laid off down at the factory And there time is not the greatest in the world Heaven knows I been workin' hard I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy's girl Now I don't mean to hate December It's meant to be the happy time of year And my little girl don't understand Why daddy can't afford no Christmas gift If we make it through December Everything's gonna be alright I know It's the coldest time of winter And I shiver when I see the falling snow If we make it through December Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time Maybe even California If we make it through December we'll be fine
"If We Make It Through December" midi (Sequenced by Ron Tilden) courtesy of http://www.ajsmidi.com/country/top100.html - 11/29/11
"If We Make It
Through December" lyrics courtesy of
"Man on Steps Frustrated" Image courtesy of http://www.legaltruths.com/unemployment/job-loss/coping-with-loss-of-income/ - 11/29/11
Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.xmission.com/~tssphoto/valentine.html - 02/12/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI Famous Marineswho served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)
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