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12/04/17 - 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   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73);

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 - World War II: 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.

Monday, December 04, 1967 - Vietnam War: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engaged Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.

Monday, December 04, 1967 - Actor Bert Lahr (b. Irving Lahrheim on 13 Aug 1895 in New York City, New York) died in New York City, New York of cancer complicated by pneumonia at the age of 72.

“Overdoing it is especially common this time of the year for many of us. The causes for this might include too many Christmas activities to attend, too much to eat, too much money spent, too many expectations, and too much tension. Often our efforts at Christmastime result in our feeling stressed out, wrung out, and worn out during a time we should feel the simple joys of commemorating the birth of our Savior. Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.”

- Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/04/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/01/17 - "Christmas Send":

Wishing you all a joyous Christmas season! 
Mary Did You Know - Pentatonix
Josh Groban - Oh Holy Night
Celine Dion - O Come All Ye Faithful @ Disney Parks - Christmas Day Parade 2009
Little Drummer Boy- Pentatonix 
Celine Dion and Josh Groban-The Prayer
Carol Of The Bells=Pentatonix

All these songs are beautiful. Hope you enjoy!


    Thank you, Shari! Merry Christmas!

From My Friend, April, of NC - 12/03/17:

    Thanks, April!

“I was such an ugly kid. When I played in the sandbox the cat kept trying to cover me up.”

- Rodney Dangerfield
(22 Nov 1921 - 05 Oct 2004)

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/12/17 - "Good words from Charlie Brown (#4 in a Series of 10)":

    Thank you, Billy!


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/04/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#4 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 4, Thoughts on Joseph by Jeffrey R. Holland

As a father I have recently begun to think more often of Joseph, that strong, silent, almost unknown man who must have been more worthy than any other mortal man to be the guiding foster father of the living Son of God. It was Joseph selected from among all men who would teach Jesus to work. It was Joseph who taught him the books of the law. It was Joseph who, in the seclusion of the shop, helped him begin to understand who he was and ultimately what he was to become.

I was a student ... just finishing my first year of graduate work when our first child, a son, was born. We were very poor, though not so poor as Joseph and Mary. My wife and I were both going to school, both holding jobs, and in addition worked as head residents in an off-campus apartment complex to help defray our rent. We drove a little Volkswagen which had a half-dead battery because we couldn’t afford a new one (Volkswagen or battery).

Nevertheless, when I realized that our own night of nights was coming, I believe I would have done any honorable thing in this world, and mortgaged any future I had, to make sure my wife had the clean sheets, the sterile utensils, the attentive nurses, and the skilled doctors who brought forth our firstborn son. If she or that child had needed special care at the Mayo Clinic, I believe I would have ransomed my very life to get it.

I compare those feelings (which I have had with each succeeding child) with what Joseph must have felt as he moved through the streets of a city not his own, with not a friend or kinsman in sight, nor anyone willing to extend a helping hand. In these very last and most painful hours of her “confinement,” Mary had ridden or walked approximately 100 miles from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea. Surely Joseph must have wept at her silent courage. Now, alone and unnoticed, they had to descend from human company to a stable, a grotto full of animals, there to bring forth the Son of God.

I wonder what emotions Joseph might have had as he cleared away the dung and debris. I wonder if he felt the sting of tears as he hurriedly tried to find the cleanest straw and hold the animals back. I wonder if he wondered: “Could there be a more unhealthy, a more disease-ridden, a more despicable circumstance in which a child could be born? Is this a place fit for a king? Should the mother of the Son of God be asked to enter the valley of the shadow of death in such a foul and unfamiliar place as this? Is it wrong to wish her some comfort? Is it right He should be born here?”

But I am certain Joseph did not mutter and Mary did not wail. They knew a great deal and did the best they could.

Perhaps these parents knew even then that in the beginning of His mortal life, as well as in the end, this baby son born to them would have to descend beneath every human pain and disappointment. He would do so to help those who also felt they had been born without advantage.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT 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 CHRISTMAS COOKIE 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 Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/08:

   This cookie - candy recipe is soooo yummy - and great for taking caroling to your friends!

Saltine Cracker Surprise

35 square saltine crackers
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (NO margarine!)
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans

   Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and place the saltines on top. Melt the brown sugar with the butter in a pan, stir, and boil hard for two minutes. Pour over the crackers and bake at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Immediately cover the crackers with the chocolate chips. As the chocolate melts, spread it over the crackers. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on the top and chill. Peel off the foil and break the candy into pieces. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.                      

From - 12/03/17:

At the bar, Tom and Bill were talking. “My uncle tried to make a new kind of car. He took the wheels from a Cadillac, the radiator from a Lexus, and tires from a Ford," said Tom.

“What did he get?" asked Bill.

“Two years,” said Tom.


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 10, 2018 -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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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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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 ChrisMac, 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

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

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

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

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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

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

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