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11/30/18 - NNHS Newsletter - O Tannenbaum

“I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled
round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. The tree was planted in the
middle of a great round table, and towered high above their heads. It was
brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers; and everywhere sparkled
and glittered with bright objects.”

- Charles Dickens
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I originally chose this theme back in 2005 because I couldn't resist the accompanying MIDI (which since 2012 I can no longer hear on my PC, but have just discovered by opening a mysterious file on my Android phone I can enjoy there!). The first verse sounds as though it's being sung through a "Doot-de-Doo".

   (You do know what a "Doot-de-Doo" is, doncha?)

BONUS #1 - O Tannenbaum - Nat King Cole

BONUS #2 - O Tannenbaum - Weihnachtslieder deutsch | Kinderlieder deutsch | Weihnachten - muenchenmedia

BONUS #3 - O Tannenbaum - Andrea Bocelli


"O Tannenbaum" (German: [oː ˈtanənbaʊm]; "O fir tree", English: "O Christmas Tree") is a German Christmas song. Based on a traditional folk song, it became associated with the traditional Christmas tree by the early 20th century and sung as a Christmas carol.

The modern lyrics were written in 1824, by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree. The lyrics do not actually refer to Christmas, or describe a decorated Christmas tree. Instead, they refer to the fir's evergreen quality as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.[1]

Anschütz based his text on a 16th-century Silesian folk song by Melchior Franck, "Ach Tannenbaum". Joachim August Zarnack (1777–1827) in 1819 wrote a tragic love song inspired by this folk song, taking the evergreen, "faithful" fir tree as contrasting with a faithless lover. The folk song first became associated with Christmas with Anschütz, who added two verses of his own to the first, traditional verse. The custom of the Christmas tree developed in the course of the 19th century, and the song came to be seen as a Christmas carol. Anschütz's version still had treu (true, faithful) as the adjective describing the fir's leaves (needles), harking back to the contrast to the faithless maiden of the folk song. This was changed to grün (green) at some point in the 20th century, after the song had come to be associated with Christmas.[year needed]


   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 (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) (d. 10/01/88) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR;

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (d. 07/24/09) AND     the late Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) (d. 11/21/18);

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73) (d. 10/29/17)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 30, 1718 - King Charles XII of Sweden died during a siege of the fortress of Fredriksten in Norway.


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 - Guadalcanal Campaign: Battle of Tassafaronga — A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizo Tanaka 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.


Friday, November 30, 1968 - R&B singer-songwriter Des'ree was born Desirée Annette Weeks in Croydon, South London, England.

Friday, November 30, 1968 - Cyclist and sportscaster Laurent Jalabert was born in Mazamet, France.

“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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/30/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 11/28/18, 10:49 AM - "THIS YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS, WHAT IF.........":

  We Americans are truly an amazing people, but sometimes that isn't always good, because we are also amazing in the way we spend money, often making a sailor on liberty after long days at sea look like a saint. By the way, no offense is meant to sailors, it's just an old expression. And Christmas is one of those times when many of us throw caution to the wind and spend well beyond our means as we get lost in the season. But what if we made a conscious effort to change our ways this year?

I can hear the response now and it sometimes goes like this: "I like my Christmas season just the way it is and if I overspend, well, I can catch up in the first three months of the new year." Sadly, I just read a good article on that subject in a financial periodical and it estimates that a majority of those who overspent still have some of last year's expenses on their credit card balance. So much for that issue.
A most efficient organization: Nearly all contributions go to a worthy cause.

But that's really not the point here, but it is a sad fact. However, what if we solved the problem by not spending so much money on "stuff" but investing some of our time to do something good for others, those who are not likely to have a Merry Christmas due to the many problems they might face. We could volunteer some time like these two ladies with the Salvation Army, an organization that likely leads the pack in using the resources gained for their primary mission. We could spend some time working in a soup kitchen at a church or other helping hand organization. Then there is the simple task of visiting someone we know who is sick or lonely, maybe a bedridden soul or an elderly lady from our church who no longer can physically attend services. She would certainly love to see someone other than the pastor to visit with her. What if we committed one or two days of our time over the Christmas season to do such things? It might really surprise you.

I remember as a younger man when I was the adult leader of our church youth group and the time we spent an evening visiting nursing homes to sing Christmas carols and just spend a few moments with some of the residents. Many of them had relatives who just didn't visit any longer and the smiles on their faces as they listened to the singing and got a chance to see young people again was truly magical. We did it several more years because it was received so well but, more than that, the young people felt pride in knowing that they had given something of themselves for no reason other than love and good will.

And as far as the other issue, that of spending goes, here's a way to accomplish what is needed and leave money left over for other things. Try limiting the gift giving within your family to one gift per person. We started doing that years ago and we found it made such good sense. For what people really want is time. Time with one another to share, love and enjoy each other's company. If we put the effort into that, and less into the ordeal of trying to outdo each other and what we can give and get, the true Spirit of Christmas will rise to the occasion. You'll feel better, you wallet will still be of use and I truly think God will be smiling down on you, particularly when he sees you heading out on your "meals on wheels detail," passing out "toys for tots," or spending time with a young child in the hospital dying of cancer. The more you give of yourself with love and care, the more you get in return for Christmas. It's not the material things, it's the feeling you get when you open your heart.

Try it, I think you'll find that you'll not only like it, but love it and the returns will be many fold in ways that you'll never believe could be true. God bless you all.

   Thank you, Jimmy!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early":

Sending this out early for some, maybe not for others...

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season!
O Come All Ye Faithful- Pentatonix
Christmas songs in different styles
He does a great job.
Hallelujah - Pentatonix
Silent Night - Pentatonix
Little Tiffany's eyes are open. I am just mesmerized by their cuteness (from afar). They make cute baby sounds. Who would have thunk?

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Shari!

 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/28/18:

   Thank you, Jean!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/28/18:

   Thanks, Domi!

From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 11/29/18:

   Thanks, Carlene!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/29/18:


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
(22 Aug 1893 - 07 June 1967

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early (decorating ideas) - (#1 in a Series of 14)":

  Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season!

   WOW! Thank you, Shari!



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."

Dana Pruner's Muslin Angels

Ball Ornament Wreath

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):

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."

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!"

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 - 11/29/17:

Two blondes were in a car driving down a steep hill. All of a sudden the driver realized that the brakes were not working.

She told her passenger that the brakes weren't working and that they would soon drive off the side of the cliff, as she couldn't stop at all.

The other blonde replied, "Don't worry! There's a stop sign ahead."


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 09, 2019 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/16/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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  O Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie grün sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie grün sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
du kannst mir sehr gefallen.
Wie oft hat nicht zur Weihnachtszeit
ein Baum von dir mich hocherfreut.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
du kannst mir sehr gefallen.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
gibt Trost und Kraft zu jeder Zeit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
dein Kleid will mich was lehren.

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.
They're green when summer days are bright:
They're green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!
How oft at Christmas tide the sight,
O green fir tree, gives us delight!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!



"O Tannenbaum" midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"O Tannenbaum" lyrics (© by courtesy of - 12/05/05

"O Christmas Tree" lyrics and available history courtesy of - 12/05/05

Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of - 12/16/04

Christmas Tree Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/30/18

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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