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12/04/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Mistletoe Bough

“The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story.
It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even
the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.

- Emil Ludwig
(25 Jan 1881 – 17 Sept 1948)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is a most unusual Christmas song, which I'm sure is much more popular in Great Britain than it is here...

BONUS #1 - - The Mistletoe Bough - Will Noble

BONUS #2 - -The Mistletoe Bough, A Ghostly Tale

BONUS #3 -


The Legend of the Mistletoe Bough is a ghost story which has been associated with many mansions and stately homes in England.

The tale tells how a new bride, playing a game of hide-and-seek during her wedding breakfast, hid in a chest in an attic and was unable to escape. She was not discovered by her family and friends, and suffocated. The body was allegedly found many years later in the locked chest.

Notable claimants for the story's location, some still displaying the chest, include Bramshill House and Marwell Hall in Hampshire, Castle Horneck in Cornwall, Basildon Grotto in Berkshire, Minster Lovell Hall in Oxfordshire, Exton Hall in Rutland, Brockdish Hall in Norfolk and Bawdrip Rectory in Somerset.

The tale first appeared in print in the form of a poem by Samuel Rogers entitled Ginerva, in his book 'Italy' published in 1823. In notes on this work, Rogers states ‘The story is, I believe, founded on fact; though the time and the place are uncertain. Many old houses lay claim to it.’[1]

The popularity of the tale was greatly increased when it appeared as a song in the 1830s entitled 'The Mistletoe Bough' written by T.H. Bayley and Sir Henry Bishop. The song proved very popular. In 1859, its 'solemn chanting' was referred to as a 'national occurrence at Christmas'[2] in English households, and by 1862 the song was referred to as 'one of the most popular songs ever written', 'which must be known by heart by many readers'.[3]

Further works inspired by the song include a play of the same name by Charles A Somerset first produced in 1835. A short story, 'Ginevra or The Old Oak Chest: A Christmas Story' by Susan E Wallace published in 1887 and another short story "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes" by Henry James published in 1868. The song is also played in Thomas Hardy's A Laodicean, after the scene involving the capture of George Somerset's handkerchief from the tower.

The story of the Mistletoe Bough is recounted in the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock film Rope, where it is described as being the favorite tale of the main character, Brandon Shaw. Unbeknownst to the story teller, the body of his murdered son had been hidden by Shaw in the chest in front of which they are standing.


   Happy Birthday today to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND    Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

11 -   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 04, 1939 - The HMS Nelson was struck by a mine (laid by U-31) off the Scottish coast and was laid up for repairs until August 1940.

December 04, 1942 - U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.

December 04, 1942 - Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.

December 04, 1942 - Carlson's patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ended.

December 04, 1943 - In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Tito proclaimed a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.

December 04, 1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closed down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.


Tuesday, December 04, 1962 - Voice actress Julie Lemieux was born in Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.

Tuesday, December 04, 1962 - Footballer Kevin Richardson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 12/04/12, 12:36 AM:

It is more important for you to get well than to worry yourself over the newsletters. As much as we enjoy Typhoon news, we want a healthy Carol. That said, hope you're doing much better.
Kenny Branch '62

   Thank you so much, Kenny! I just realized late last night that I'm probably over that lingering flu at long last, and that the symptoms I'm experiencing are actually a return of my asthma. It never really goes away, but sometimes it diminishes - sometimes for as long as a couple of years - to the extent that I forget all about it, and then am always surprised. I suppose now I'd better go see my doctor next week sometime in my spare time.....

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/03/12:

I am feeling Christmas-ee and I thought that you would like this

This is a Christmas Tree.

And these are Christmas Trees also.

These are NOT Holiday Trees.

They are NOT Winter Festival trees.

They are NOT Hanukkah bushes.

They are NOT Allah plants

They are Christmas trees.

Say it...

Christmas, Christmas, CHRISTmas.

Yes, CHRISTmas - not Holiday.

We are not celebrating the birth of a Holiday!!!

We are Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ!!!

So I would like to say to each and everyone of you Have a Very Merry CHRISTMAS
and may GOD BLESS each and every one of you!!!

   Thanks, Billy!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/03/12 - "A Fishing Story....":

I just had to send this on. :)  While I don't drink, I can sure enjoy the humor in this story.
For you fishermen and “wanna be” Southerners..........
A Jack Daniels Fishing Story

I went fishing this morning, but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. "Frogs are good bass bait," I thought to myself.

Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket.

Just then, I realized I had a problem, how was I going to release the snake without getting bit? So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. The snakes eyes rolled back and he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog.

A little later, I felt a nudge at my foot. There was that same snake with two more frogs in his mouth.
Life is good in the South.

        Thanks, Ruthie!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/12 - "Family":


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Tammy C. Hildebrand's Mr. and Mrs. Frosty -
Holly Table Runner -
Marilyn Coleman's Holly Stocking -
Country Christmas Placemat and Coaster -
Mary Jane Protus' Pinwheels for Table & Tree

BONUS RECIPES: - Chewy Coconut Macaroons - "So easy to make, and so versatile - you'll want to try all the variations included with this recipe!" - Chewy Coconut Cookies - "Lots of coconut and sugar make these cookies chewy and delicious." - Coconut Macaroons III - "This recipe has won many 1st place ribbons at my state fair. They are very simple to make."

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#17 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!


From - 12/03/12:
Lying on his deathbed, the wealthy Mr. Sams was instructing his attorney on last-minute changes in his will.

“I wish to leave everything I own, all stocks, bonds property, art, and money, to my wife. However, there is one stipulation.”

“And that is?”

“In order to inherit, she must marry within six months of my death.”

The lawyer seemed puzzled. “Why make such an unusual request?”

Mr. Sams answered, “Because I want someone to be sorry I died.”

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/09/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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The Mistletoe Bough

Music by Sir Henry Bishop (18 Nov 1786 – 30 April 1855)

Lyrics by Thomas Haynes Bayly (13 Oct 1797 – 22 Apr 1839), 1830

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall;
And the baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
And keeping their Christmas holiday.
The baron beheld with a father's pride
His beautiful child, young Lovell's bride;
While she with her bright eyes seemed to be
The star of the goodly company.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

"I'm weary of dancing now," she cried;
"Here, tarry a moment — I'll hide, I'll hide!
And, Lovell, be sure thou'rt first to trace
The clew to my secret lurking-place."
Away she ran — and her friends began
Each tower to search, and each nook to scan;
And young Lovell cried, "O, where dost thou hide?
I'm lonesome without thee, my own dear bride."
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

They sought her that night, and they sought her next day,
And they sought her in vain while a week passed away;
In the highest, the lowest, the loneliest spot,
Young Lovell sought wildly — but found her not.
And years flew by, and their grief at last
Was told as a sorrowful tale long past;
And when Lovell appeared the children cried,
"See! the old man weeps for his fairy bride."
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

At length an oak chest, that had long lain hid,
Was found in the castle — they raised the lid,
And a skeleton form lay mouldering there
In the bridal wreath of that lady fair!
O, sad was her fate! — in sportive jest
She hid from her lord in the old oak chest.
It closed with a spring! — and, dreadful doom,
The bride lay clasped in her living tomb!
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

"The Mistletoe Bough" midi courtesy of - 12/03/12

"The Mistletoe Bough" lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/12

Image of Mistletoe courtesy of - 12/03/12

"Holiday Heading" Pine Divider Line clip art, posted by
courtesy of
- 12/16/04

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!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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