|12/03/11 - NNHS Newsletter - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus|
always good for us to pause
And think awhile of Santa Claus--
That jolly symbol we revere
When we approach the changing year.
Behind his beard so long and white,
In which our children take delight,
There beats a heart from color free
Which bids all children 'come to me.'”
|- Marshall M. Morgan, “The Spirit of Santa Claus”|
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's theme was suggested last week by my husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) - one of the biggest Santa Claus fans of all time! I was astonished to find that we had never used this theme before. Thanks, Dools!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI8spatbGEo - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd (age 13), 1952
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFj4D11Wmn4 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes
|"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is an American
Christmas song with music and lyrics by
The original recording by Jimmy Boyd on 15 July 1952 when he was 13  reached #1 on the Billboard charts in December 1952, and on the Cash Box chart at the beginning of the following year. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store's Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades.
The song describes a scene where a child creeps down from his bedroom to see his mother kissing "Santa Claus."
Boyd's record was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas, ignoring the fact that mistletoe, under which many couples kiss, is traditionally hung in many homes during the Christmas season. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song. After the meeting, the ban was lifted.
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/11 - "December Themes":
Speaking of music, I can either start rerunning old themes for the rest of the month, or y'all can request some personal favorites. We are particularly lacking in Hanukkah music (I think I only have two!); any help you can render there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to The late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88) !
Happy Birthday tomorrow to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
|Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1861
PRESIDENT PONDERS PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS
Abraham Lincoln's fame today is certainly not based on his thoughts in the field of economic abstraction, but he did tackle the subject in, of all places, his State of the Union message to Congress this year. “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital,” he wrote. “Capital is only the fruit of Labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Capital has its rights which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.” Some later thinkers have actually tried to make Lincoln out to be a sort of proto-Marxist on the basis of this address. “The struggle of today, is not altogether for today--it is for a vast future also,” he concluded. Little did he know how right he would turn out to be.
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1862
YOCKNAPATALFA YIELDS TO YANKEE YOKE
It was a day made up primarily of scattered skirmishes in both Eastern and Western theaters of the war. The Army of the Potomac was either in winter camps guarding the perimeter of Washington, D.C., or else perched on the bluffs across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, Va. Further west was an attack on a Union supply train on Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn., and a few shots exchanged near Moorefield, western (but not yet West) Virginia. In Mississippi, more action was going on, as was to be expected considering that Ulysses S. Grant was leading an army through the countryside. Fighting broke out at Prophet, Free Bridges, Spring Dale and Oakland, all on or near the Yocknapatalfa River.
Thursday, Dec. 3, 1863
DAHLGREN DESCRIBES DEFENSE DETAILS
Running a naval blockade, especially in the maze of waterways, islands, canals, marshes and areas which are some combination of all of the above like Charleston Harbor, is not as easy as it may seem. Admiral John Dahlgren laid down some ground rules today. Four monitor-class ships were assigned the duty, with two to be in use each night. One was to operate far up the channel of the harbor, where it could keep an eye on Ft. Sumter and Ft. Moultrie, as well as watch for commercial shipping trying to sneak out, and at the same time watch for and defend against aggressive vessels such as torpedo boats, picket boats and, oh yes, floating mines. The second ship was to lay further out to keep an eye on the first, and go to its aid if necessary. Finally, Dahlgren added, just in case the captains might forget, their duties included “taking care at the same time not to get aground, and also to change the position when the weather appears to render it unsafe.”
Saturday, Dec. 3, 1864
TENNESSEE TENTATIVELY TRAPS THOMAS
Gen. George H. Thomas had been holding Nashville, Tennessee for some time now, and his forces had just been augmented by those of Gen. John Schofield. On the way to link up with Thomas, Schofield had inadvertently done wonders to boost the Union's chances, by engaging in the Battle of Franklin, in which the Confederate forces had been hurled at Union defenders in repeated charges, resulting in tremendous casualties and the irreplaceable loss of six generals. Hood could not attack; against the Nashville fortifications it would have been suicidal. All he could do was proclaim that Thomas and Schofield were trapped, and send Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry on harassing raids. Thomas, meanwhile, was being prodded from Washington to go on the attack himself.
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/02/11 - "A DOG'S SEEING-EYE DOG":
A DOG'S SEEING-EYE DOG
Here is your AWWWWWWWW! of
Blind Dog’s Seeing-eye Dog
Maddison leads Lily to wherever she needs to go – faithfully - all
day, every day.
Humans could take a lesson.
People may forget what you said.
They may even forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
Be kinder than you might think necessary…
It morphs into an enjoyable habit.
WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Norris Sweetie!
From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 12/02/11 - "Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer":
ARLINGTON CEMETERY Jeopardy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8lPkJU7cnI - Tomb of the Unknowns:
Changing of the Guard
He carries the rifle on the
shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he
executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
Guards are changed every
thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/02/11 - "Glen Campbell and Bob Wills":
|I had absolutely no idea
HE SANG WITH BOB WILLS !!!!!
Love it !
OH, WOW! He's so young - and check out his hair! Thanks, Glenn!
Looky what I found while I was watching this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pko5wPC6e7E&feature=related - Amazing 4 year old yodeler!
From Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/02/11 - "I Am Not Old":
I woke up,
I lifted my arms,
I moved my knees,
I turned my neck....
Everything made the same noise:
(midi - 'Younger Than Springtime')
....I came to a conclusion:
I am not old,
I am crispy!!!
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/02/11 - "Our 11 Commandments Include Pampering!":
This month our new habit is pampering ourselves. Every day I want you to take the time to do some little something for you. After all it is part of our 11 Commandments. (#8 & 11)
FlyLady's Eleven Commandments
1. Keep your sink clean and shiny.
2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don't feel like it. Don't forget your lace-up shoes.
3. Do your morning and before bedtime routine everyday.
4. Don't allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.
5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.
6. Don't try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.
7. Don't pull out more than you can put back in one hour.
8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.
9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.
10. Smile even when you don't feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy and you will be.
11. Don't forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.
Just in case you can't think of anything to do to pamper yourself. I have made a list. You can take this list and put it in your Control Journal or you can cut them up, fold them up and put them in a beautiful bowl.
Each morning pull one out and plan your day around your time! If you have others you want to add then by all means adapt this for you! It might make a great gift for someone too.
Have fun and remember to PAMPER YOURSELF! OH and you are not limited to one per day. Some of them may become part of your daily routine: a splash of your favorite perfume, your favorite jewelry, bathroom inspirational reading or a bubble bath.
Here is the list.
1. Shave your legs and put lotion on them.
2. Put on an exfoliating mask while you take a bubble bath.
3. Massage your hands with lotion or oil for 5 minutes.
4. Put some cuticle cream on your nails.
5. Spend 5 minutes writing in your gratitude journal.
6. Sit down with a nice cup of something warm to drink and read your favorite magazine.
7. Take a long hot shower with your favorite shower gel or a bubble bath.
8. Fill up a foot tub with hot water and soak your tired feet. If you have some marbles put them in the bottom of the pan to massage your feet. Put a little lavender oil or your favorite oil in the water.
9. Give yourself a pedicure.
10. Paint your fingernails with your favorite color!
11. Watch your favorite movie! Get out the hankies.
12. Brush and floss your teeth; whiten them while you are in the tub.
13. Use a sugar scrub on your feet and elbows.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
4 T Olive Oil
Enough sugar to make it pasty
Your favorite fragrance (Lemon Juice, Favorite Perfume, etc.)
Apply all over after soaping and rinsing and the sugar will exfoliate and the olive oil will moisturize.
14. Condition your hair and wrap your head in a towel or shower cap and take a hot shower.
15. Pluck those unwanted hairs in your eyebrows and chin.
16. Exfoliate your face and then moisturize.
17. Put on some relaxing music and listen quietly.
18. Take a hot bath with your favorite scents and Epson salts.
19. Rub Vaseline or lotion on your feet and put your socks on and go to bed.
20. Make an appointment to get your hair colored, cut or a perm. Or just get it fixed.
21. Heat up a tub sock filled with dried beans or rice in the microwave and put around your shoulders.
22. Sit down in your favorite chair and do some deep breathing exercises.
23. Go put on your favorite perfume.
24. Put a cold compress on your eyes. If you have a gel eye mask take it out of the freezer and place it on your eyes. Lay your head back and enjoy a few minutes of peace.
25. Take a hot bath and while you are in there scrub your feet with a pumice stone.
26. Take a 20 minute nap! Set your timers. No whining allowed!
27. Sit down and enjoy a cup of hot tea. If you have a back massager; plug it in or take a long sock and put some tennis balls in it. Lean back against the tennis balls. This works well. My chiropractor told me about this one. You can sit on it too.
28. Go take a bath by candlelight! Everything looks great in candlelight.
29. Go to your jewelry box and put on a piece of your favorite jewelry to wear just because you like it. No special occasion.
30. Sit down and watch a funny TV show or movie. It is time to laugh.
31. Put an inspirational book in your bathroom. Take a few minutes while you are in there to read a page.
You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?
http://www.craftown.com/Light-Bulb-Santa.html - Amanda
Formaro's Light Bulb Santa
http://www.craftown.com/Santa-bs--sq-s-Belly-Treat-Cups.html - Amanda Formaro's Santa's Belly Treat Cups
http://www.craftown.com/No-h-Sew-Santa-Table-Runner.html - Katie Kiter's No-Sew Santa Table Runner
http://www.craftown.com/Clay-Pot-Santa--pc--26-Mrs-p--Claus.html - Clay Pot Santa & Mrs. Claus
CLASSIC COUNTRY RECIPES:
- Simple Salisbury Steak
http://www.recipelion.com/Soups/Country-Potato-Apple-Soup/ml/1 - Country Potato Apple Soup
http://www.recipelion.com/Crock-Pot-Recipes/Creamy-Chicken-and-Dumplings/ml/1 - Creamy Chicken and Dumplings
http://www.recipelion.com/Chili/Cowboy-Black-Bean-Chili/ml/1 - Cowboy Black Bean Chili
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/02/11:
|A head-on collision occurred between a man and a woman. Both emerged
from the scene intact while their cars were totally demolished.
The woman said, "This is quite a predicament. We should drink a toast to celebrate this miracle."
The man replied, "What a great idea."
"Fine," she said, "I just happen to have a bottle with me."
With this she handed it to the man. The man downed half the bottle and handed it back.
The woman would not take it back and said, "I think I will wait until after the police arrive to celebrate."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch
gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on
Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The
luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that
year, go visit with them.|
2. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.
3. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.
4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at email@example.com or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
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!
Recorded by Jimmy Boyd (09 Jan 1939 – 07 Mar 2009) I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath the mistletoe last night She didn't see me creep Down the stairs to have a peep She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep Then I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath his beard so snowy white Oh, what a laugh it would have been If Daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night
"I Saw Mommy Kissing
Santa Claus" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS - '61) of NC
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Image of Mommy Kissing Santa Claus http://www.thedailyaffair.com/?p=502 - 12/03/11
Animated Santa Heads Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ.htm - 12/05/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
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
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2011
Return to NNHS Class of 1965