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12/03/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
We Need a Little Christmas

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round,
as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of,
in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent
to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them
as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race
of creatures bound on other journeys."

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

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Christmas song keeps going through my head, so I suppose it's time to pass it along to yours!

BONUS #1 - - We Need a Little Christmas - Lucille Ball in Mame, 1973

BONUS #2 - - Lucille Ball on Mame: "I Can't Sing"

BONUS #3 - - We Need a Little Christmas - Mitzi Gaynor, 1967

BONUS #4 - - We Need a Little Christmas - SING-ALONG!

BONUS #5 - - We Need a Little Christmas -  Percy Faith, His Orchestra and Chorus


"We Need a Little Christmas" is a popular Christmas song originating from Jerry Herman's Broadway musical, Mame, and first performed by Angela Lansbury in that 1966 production.

In the musical, the song is performed after Mame has lost her fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and decides that she, her young nephew Patrick, and her two household servants "need a little Christmas now" to cheer them up. The original lyrics include the line, "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now!" Since the time the song was written the phenomenon of Christmas creep has led to the normal holiday season beginning much earlier than it once did, which has led to more recent recordings changing the line to, "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week from Thanksgiving Day now!"


   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!


December 03, 1944 - Greek Civil War: Fighting broke out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.


Monday, December 03, 1962 - It must have been a very quiet day fifty years ago, because apparently there were no noteworthy events, births, or deaths.

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 12/02/12:

I love this vid of the angel proclaiming the birth of the Savior to nearby humble shepherds. 1st, in the still of the night the glorious angel majestically approached the humble men-but it was not with blasting trumpets or winging angels. 2nd the message was simple and clear. 3rd, how hard would it have been to find the new born Savior in one of the city hotels?! And last of all, listen again to the humble quiet of the circumstances of the entrance of the Savior into the world to begin his pivotal mission for all mankind?!?! - Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ

   Thank you so much, Brent! For a video which lasts less than three minutes, that one can certainly touch one's heart!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/12 - "The World's First King Size Bed":


"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!'  or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' "

~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping:  A Survivor's Guide"

BONUS CRAFT PATTERNS: - Amanda Formaro's Light Bulb Santa -
Amanda Formaro's Santa's Belly Treat Cups -
Katie Kiter's No-Sew Santa Table Runner -
Clay Pot Santa & Mrs. Claus


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/12:

   This is my favorite quick bread recipe; I've been enjoying it for over forty years.

Pristine White Muffins

3 cups self-rising flour
8 Tbsp. sugar
8 Tbsp. white shortening
1-1/2 cups cold water

   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter. Then mix by hands until crumbly. Slowly add the water while mixing to form a soft dough. Drop pieces of this wet dough into ungreased muffin tins. Bake 15 minutes until they start to turn tan.

   Somehow, these taste even better at room temperature, so make them ahead if you can.                             

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#16 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!


From - 12/02/12:
Policeman: "Did you get the license number of the car that knocked you down?"

Pedestrian: "No, but I know who it was. My mother-in-law!"

Policeman: "How can you be so certain?"

Pedestrian: "Id recognize that laugh anywhere!"

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/09/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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We Need a Little Christmas

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman for Mame, 1966
(b. 10 July 1931)

Haul out the holly,
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again;
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things,
But deck the halls again now.

For we need a little Christmas,
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas,
Right this very minute,
It hasn't snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry.

So climb down the chimney,
Turn on the brightest string of light I've ever seen;
Slice up the fruitcake,
It's time we hung some tinsel,
On that evergreen bough.

For I've grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older.
And I need a little angel,
Sitting on my shoulder,
Need a little Christmas now.

Musical Chorus

For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter
Need a little singing,
Ringing through the rafter.
And we need a little snappy,
"Happy ever after"
Need a little Christmas now....


"We Need a Little Christmas" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/08

Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Judy Bowermaster of IL - 12/25/05
Thanks, Judy!

Pine Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

Animated Tiny 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 - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08

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