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12/03/15 - NNHS Newsletter - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
It's 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, 

   It's time for a fun Christmas song.

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI8spatbGEo - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd (age 13), 1952


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Saw_Mommy_Kissing_Santa_Claus;

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is an American Christmas song with music and lyrics by Tommie Connor.

The original recording by Jimmy Boyd on 15 July 1952 when he was 13 [1] 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.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR!

   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) AND Joan Gardner ('63);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


THIS DAY IN WWII:

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


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Friday, December 03, 1965 - Actor Steve Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Friday, December 03, 1965 - Voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Andrew Stanton was born in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Friday, December 03, 1965 - Figure skater Katarina Witt was born in Staaken, East Germany.


“Avoid confessing other people's sins.”

- Wilford Woodruff
(01 Mar 1807 - 02 Sept 1898)


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/01/15 - "Sugar, Sugar why you have to be so fly?":  

For a change this text is themed based. I dunno why, just was in a mood.
Good tips though, especially for the upcoming holidays.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=0
Is Sugar Toxic? A Little on the long side, but so worth the read!

Songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg
Maroon 5 - Sugar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJbFVJvRqOQ
The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSP0e5rXUl8
The Archies - Sugar, Sugar

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Jokes

Q. If there are 5 flies in the kitchen how do you know which one is the football player?
A. The one in the sugar bowl!

Teacher: What are some products of the West Indies?
Student: I don't know.
Teacher: Of course, you do. Where do you get sugar from?
Student: We borrow it from our neighbor.

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Random Facts

Sugar is one of the world's oldest ingredients. The people of New Guinea were most likely the first to domesticate sugar cane around 8000 B.C.

Sugar is everywhere. It is the building blocks of carbohydrates, the most abundant type of organic molecules in living things. Researchers note that sugar is not necessarily a health problem, but the amount of sugar we consume is.

Sugar threatens more than thin waistlines. It has also been associated with several conditions and diseases, including type 2 diabetes, arthritis, acne, heart disease, depression, thrush/yeast infections, and cancer.

Worldwide, people consume 500 extra calories a day from sugar, which is roughly the amount of calories needed to gain a pound a week.

A 15.2 oz. bottle of Minute Maid 100 percent Apple Juice contains 49 grams of sugar. This is about the same amount of sugar in 10 Oreos. While sugar occurs naturally in fruit, the body processes both types of sugar in the same way. One benefit of eating whole fruit is eating fiber, which is generally lost in the process of making juice.

According to brain scans, sugar is as addictive as cocaine.

Two hundred years ago, the average American ate only 2 pounds of sugar a year. In 1970, Americans ate 123 pounds of sugar per year. Today the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year. This is equal to 3 pounds (or 6 cups) of sugar consumed in one week.

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Quote

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.
- Og Mandino


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Health Tip...

With all of the holiday cheer in the air, it's easy to overlook the ingredients in the foods. Ingredients such as salt, sugar, and fat - all of which leads to diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and cancer.

~Lee Haney

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Health Science

Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days

By ANAHAD O'CONNOR OCTOBER 27, 2015

Credit Tom Starkweather/Bloomberg News.

Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days, a rigorous new study found. The new research may help shed light on a question scientists have long debated: Is sugar itself harming health, or is the weight gain that comes from consuming sugary drinks and foods mainly what contributes to illness over the long term? In the new study, which was financed by the National Institutes of Health and published Tuesday in the journal Obesity, scientists designed a clinical experiment to attempt to answer this question. They removed foods with added sugar from a group of children’s diets and replaced them with other types of carbohydrates so that the subjects’ weight and overall calorie intake remained roughly the same.

After 10 days, the children showed dramatic improvements, despite losing little or no weight. The findings add to the argument that all calories are not created equal, and they suggest that those from sugar are especially likely to contribute to Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases, which are on the rise in children, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco.
“This paper says we can turn a child’s metabolic health around in 10 days without changing calories and without changing weight – just by taking the added sugars out of their diet,” he said. “From a clinical standpoint, from a health care standpoint, that’s very important.”

Added sugars — the extra sweeteners food companies put in their products, not the sugar that occurs naturally in foods like fruit – are a topic of growing debate. In February, the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended that Americans limit their intake of added sugars to no more than 10 percent of daily calories.
In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration proposed that food companies include a line on their nutrition labels listing the amount of added sugars in their products. After the dietary guidelines committee issued its report earlier this year, the agency expanded on its 2014 proposal, saying that companies should also list a “daily percent value” for added sugars on their labels in line with the 10 percent recommendation.

The proposed changes have been strongly opposed by the food industry as unscientific. The Sugar Association, a trade group, said the F.D.A. was “making assertions that lack adequate scientific evidence,” and the Grocery Manufacturers Association criticized the standards the agency used to establish the daily value as being “inadequate.”
The newly released study is timely in part because it lowered sugar intake among children to roughly 10 percent of daily calories, the amount recommended by the dietary guidelines committee.

For their study, the scientists recruited 43 children between the ages of 9 and 18 who were considered at particularly high risk of diabetes and related disorders. All the subjects were black or Hispanic and obese, and had at least one or more symptoms of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that includes hypertension, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol and excess body fat around the waist.

On average, the subjects had been getting about 27 percent of their daily calories from sugar. By comparison, the average American takes in about 15 percent, though children typically consume much more than this in part because they have the highest intake of sugar-sweetened beverages.The study authors paired the subjects with dietitians. They then replaced the sugary foods in their diets with other foods purchased from local grocery stores. The goal was not to eliminate carbohydrates, but to reduce sugary foods and replace them with starchy foods without lowering body weight or calorie intake.

“Wherever there was food with added sugar in their diets, we took it out and we replaced it with a no-added-sugar version,” Dr. Lustig said. So instead of yogurt sweetened with sugar, the children ate bagels. Instead of pastries, they were given baked potato chips. Instead of chicken teriyaki – which typically contains a lot of sugar – they ate turkey hot dogs or burgers for lunch. The remaining sugar in their diet came mostly from fresh fruit.

Because the scientists were working on a tight N.I.H. budget, they could only carry out the costly intervention for nine days. But in that short space of time, they saw marked changes. On average, the subjects’ LDL cholesterol, the kind implicated in heart disease, fell by 10 points. Their diastolic blood pressure fell five points. Their triglycerides, a type of fat that travels in the blood and contributes to heart disease, dropped 33 points. And their fasting blood sugar and insulin levels – indicators of their diabetes risk – likewise markedly improved.

One expert who was not involved in the new research, Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that the study “strengthens the existing evidence on the relationship between added sugar intake and metabolic disease.” “This kind of study is very difficult to do,” he said. “But it provides a proof of concept that in a high risk population, reducing consumption of added sugar can have multiple metabolic benefits.” Dr. Sonia Caprio, a pediatric endocrinologist and professor of pediatrics at Yale Medical School, said that although the study was small, “it addressed the issue in an original way and tried to isolate the effect of sugar on metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.”
“This is an important area of research that might solve some of the metabolic issues that we are facing in children, particularly in adolescents,” she said. “This study needs to be taken seriously, and we need to expand on it.”

Related:
“What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You”
“Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll”
“Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls”
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Breaking the Sugar Habit: Gandhi’s Story
posted by Janice Taylor, Editor

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Action expresses priorities. - Mahatma Gandhi (art by Janice Taylor, Self-Help Artist) Back in the day, in the 1930’s I believe, there was a young man who was obsessed with eating sugar. His mother was concerned, knowing that sugar is a ‘bad’ habit and not good for the health of her son, she did her best to break him of the habit. She reasoned with him, she scolded him, but to no avail.

Frustrated beyond belief (You mothers out there know how that goes, don’t you?), she decided to take her son to see his idol, Mahatma Gandhi himself, hoping that her boy would listen to him. Making their way to Ghandi was no easy task. They walked for miles under the scorching hot sun. Finally, upon reaching Gandhi’s ashram, they found Gandhi himself standing there, and the mother explained, “Bapu, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it? ”

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, thought for a while and replied, “Please come back in three weeks. I will talk to your son then.” Mother took her boy by the hand, returned home and in three weeks time, they once again walked miles in the scorching son, making their way back to Ghandi, at which time he looked directly at the boy and said, “You should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.” The boy agreed. He promised that he could end the sugar habit.

The boy’s mother was puzzled. After all, could he have not said that in the first place, saving them the arduous trip? She asked Ghandi, “Bapu, Why didn’t you just tell him that three weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?” Gandhi smiled and said, “I was not qualified to advise the boy. At that time, I too was eating lots of sugar.”

First, You be The Change, You Want To See In This World ~ Mahatma Gandhi.
Spread the word … NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Success Coach
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   Thank you, Shari!


      From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/01/15:

  Thank you, Santa Jim!
 
 


From My Friend, Angela, of NC - 12/02/15:

  Thanks, Angela!
 
 


“People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.”

- Jerry Seinfeld
(b. 29 Apr 1954)



  
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/16/15 - "Signs of the Times (#13 in a series of 21)":
 
     Thanks, Billy!
 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/03/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#3 in a Series of 24)":


This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 3, Our Christmas Came Back by Ronald R. Grimes
 

It had been a hard year for our family. I found myself working long hours to pay our bills on my meager salary. I was near exhaustion.

My wife and I prayed each night that our financial burdens would somehow be lifted and that our children would not be negatively affected by my absence and our constant denials of their requests for things that their friends had.

Less than a week before Christmas, I managed to resurrect an old plastic Christmas tree. We purchased two inexpensive gifts for each of our children. My eight-year-old son had been longing to own his own basketball, and his excitement over one box measuring approximately nine inches square nearly consumed him.

Then something happened in our lives that would change each one of us forever. Ronald and his oldest sister, Heather, had become good friends with a family up the street who had children their same ages. Eyes wide with concern, our little children told us of the family’s situation: There wasn’t a Christmas tree or presents in their friends’ home. The family wasn’t going to celebrate Christmas this year because the father was out of work.

I discussed the matter with our bishop, who said he would look into the matter personally. At first I felt relieved, but I returned home feeling there was more to be done, but not knowing what it should be. We already had spent all of our tiny budget.

After supper, we started our family home evening and shared our feelings. We decided to offer a special prayer for our neighbors and asked Heavenly Father to let us know what we could do to help them. When we arose from our prayers, two little faces bore a determined excitement as they simultaneously suggested the obvious solution to our problem: why not share our Christmas with our neighbors? There was precious little to share, but as our eyes met, we each felt a surge of excitement at the suggestion. We took a box of candy we had been given and a pumpkin pie my wife had baked earlier and met at the Christmas tree.

Then it happened! We each began to select one of our gifts to take with us. My eyes fell immediately upon my son. He sat before his gifts as if in shock. It was obvious that he was having difficulty deciding which gift he would take: the large box or the soft little package. In silence his eyes passed back and forth between the two. He looked up at his mother and then over to me. Then he looked back at the presents. He passed from one to another for a few more moments and then, quite abruptly, picked up the large box and said, “I think Jimmy would like this one best.”

With full hearts we gathered the gifts and treats and headed for the door. I stepped out first and almost stumbled over a tiny tree someone had left for us. We brought the tree inside, and Mother and the children removed some of the lights and trimming from our plastic tree while I went to the garage to make a tree stand. We hurried up the block with our bounty. We left the decorated tree and gifts with our friends and bid them a Merry Christmas.

The next evening a surprising thing happened. The bishop called and said, “I have some packages that need delivering to some of the families in the ward and wondered if you could use your station wagon to help us deliver them.”

I agreed to meet the bishop at his office as soon as possible and hung up the phone. The car was out of gas and I could find no money for gas. I remembered seeing a few dusty pop bottles in the garage that could be returned to the store for the deposit, and the children had seen more in the trash down the alley. So we gathered the bottles, and I bought a gallon of gas with the proceeds, and headed for the church.

When I arrived, the bishop had already carried many large boxes and bags of groceries to the curb. We loaded them all into the station wagon. They barely fit inside. When we were finished, he handed me an envelope and instructed me to deliver the packages to the names on the list. I agreed and opened the envelope. On a slip of paper was a single name—mine. My eyes filled with tears as I turned to the bishop and said, “Oh, Bishop, there are so many families that need this worse than we do.”

“I know,” he acknowledged, “but we have already taken care of them, and the Lord wants your family to have this.” He embraced me, shook my hand, and sent me home.
When I arrived, I called for the family to help me in with the boxes and bags. There were several brightly wrapped presents for each member of the family. At the bottom of one bag was a special gift, wrapped in a box measuring approximately nine inches square.

A special warmth and glow filled our home that night. We knew that our prayers had been answered and that Christmas that year was going to be special for each member of our family. And yes, the bishop had been aware of our friends up the street—someone had visited their home, too, and left many packages of food and gifts at their door.

Each year as we dismantle our little plastic Christmas tree and put it into its cardboard box, we threaten to replace it with a real tree. But each Christmas we keep putting it back up just one more time. Our little tree, which once shared its lights and ornaments and glory with another family, still captures for us the true meaning of the season. It was our best Christmas ever.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS SANTA CLAUS CRAFT PATTERNS:

 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


BONUS RECIPE (Sorry; not particularly theme-related):

     From Me ('65) of NC 12/02/15 - "Pristine White Muffins":

   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 are able. able.                              


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/02/15:

A man placed some flowers on the grave of his departed mother and started back for his car, parked on the cemetery road. His attention was diverted to a man kneeling at a grave.

The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity, and kept repeating, "Why did you die? Why did you die?"

The first man approached him and said, "Sir, I don't want to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of hurt and pain is more than I've ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? Your child? A parent? Who, may I ask, lies in that grave?"

The mourner answered, "My wife's first husband! ... Why did you die? Why did you die?"


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 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.


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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol
 

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Words and Music by Tommie Connor (1904-1993), 1952 
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 http://wilstar.com/xmas/isawmommykissingsantaclaus.htm - 12/03/11
at the suggestion of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS - '61) of NC
Thanks, Paul!

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

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 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 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 Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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