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- 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 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGDo1Jybs_I - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard, 1974
|"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. 
From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 11/29/16, 9:28 PM - " Richard Dean Johnson obituary, NNHS 1964":
I just learned about Richard's passing this evening. I've known him from Calvary Baptist Church since I was a teenager. He was always a very good person.
Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS '67
Richard Dean Johnson
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (John Marshall HS, TX - '02) 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) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR;
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!http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|November 30, 1916 - Costa Rica signed the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty.|
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 1966:
|Wednesday, November 30, 1966 - Barbados became independent from the United Kingdom.|
|“Along your pathway
of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are
others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp,
minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.”
-Thomas S. Monson, October 2006
(b. 21 Aug 1927)
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 11/29/16 - "Tennessee fires":
|Here's a link to 56 photos
depicting the wildfire damages our fellow Tennesseans have suffered so
close to where we live.
So sad to see - - we pray they get lots of rain tonight, that these fires will be finally totally extinguished, and that the arsonists who set these fires pay the heaviest price the courts can give them!
|OH, NO! Thank you so much for sharing these, John! There's much more detail in these images than I had seen before, and it's beyond horrible! We blessedly received word that Eddie ('65) and Pauline Wright ('67) Perry are still safe in Knoxville, and we pray that you and Aretie Gallins ('59) Patterson will stay that way as well!|
From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 11/29/16:
I lured him on the deck with a peanut!
GOOD JOB! Thank you, Cheryl!
|“The best way to keep
children home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere . . . and let
the air out of the tires.”
- Dorothy Parker
Here are several really nice
photos to enjoy.
From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#10 in a series of 30)":
|MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!|
BONUS CHRISTMAS AFGHAN CROCHET PATTERNS:
Peppermint Chevron Afghan - "The Peppermint Chevron Afghan is an
example of "delicious" looking crochet! Vintage crochet doesn't get
sweeter than this. Free Christmas crochet patterns in a ripple design
are always a favorite. This blanket can be kept out all year because red
and white patterns are a classic color combination. You can even make
this blanket in the spirit of Valentine's day too. The chevron crochet
pattern is so versatile that this crochet blanket will be your favorite
during the whole year."
Colors of Christmas Afghan - "Get into the holiday mood when you crochet the Colors of Christmas Afghan. With all the stores starting Christmas shopping earlier and earlier, we find it difficult to embrace the holiday when it seems so long away. With this Christmas crochet blanket, you can start way before Christmas and still feel a bit jolly because you know you'll definitely be finished with it by the time December 25 rolls around. Keep it for your own cozy fireplace afghan or give it to someone you care about after you're done."
Striped Christmas Crochet Blanket - "Get into the holiday spirit with the Striped Christmas Crochet Blanket. It's got red and green stripes with blocks of white in between. It would look super festive for any holiday gatherings and celebrations when it's draped over a couch, chair, or someone's lap. You want to be cozy warm when you're home for the holidays, so why not work up a crochet blanket that you and your family will curl up in? You definitely won't be a Scrooge when crocheting this lovely afghan."
Christmas Wreath Throw - ''When it comes to crocheting for Christmas, you're going to fall in love with the Christmas Wreath Throw. After crocheting a few crochet granny squares, you'll piece them together to create this festive holiday throw. This is definitely one of the easy crochet blanket patterns you don't want to miss out on this year. It'll add a festive touch to any room you put it in. Plus, it'd make a great Christmas present for any friends or family."
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."
From www.ajokeaday.com - 11/29/16:
|Alfie had been listening to his sister
practicing her singing. "Sis," he said, "I wish you'd sing Christmas
"That’s nice of you, Alfie," she said. "Why?"
"Then I'd only have to hear you once a year!"
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/29/16
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
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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
Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of http://www.nisd.net/marshall/ - 04/26/13
School's Crab clip art courtesy of
http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
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
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16
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