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12/05/16 - NNHS Newsletter - The First Noel
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
(17 Feb 1876 - 29 July 1961)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's old English (no, not French!) carol is one of my favorites.

BONUS #1 - - The First Noel - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #2 - - The First Noel - Church Choir - sing-along version

BONUS #3 - - The First Noel - Elvis Presley

BONUS #4 - - The First Noel - Crash Test Dummies, 1991

BONUS #5 - - The First Noel - Celtic Woman, 2007?

BONUS #6 - - The First Noel - The University of Utah Singers conducted by Dr. Brady R. Allred, 2009

BONUS #7 - - The First Noel - Susan Boyle, 2010 - no video, but hey.....


The First Noel is unknown in origin but is generally thought to be English dating back to the sixteenth century. There is a misconception that the First Noel was French and it is believed that this is because of the French spelling of Noel as opposed to the olde English Anglo-Saxon spelling of the word as in Nowell. After England was captured by the Normans numerous words were adopted from the Norman French language and Noel was re-spelt as Nowell, early printed versions of this carol use the Nowell spelling. The First Noel was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys.


The First Nowell (also written The First Noël) is a traditional classical English carol, most likely from the 18th century, although possibly earlier.[2][3] The word Noel comes from the French word Noël meaning "Birthday", from the Latin word natalis "birthday".

In its current form it is of Cornish origin, and it was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833), both of which were edited by William B. Sandys and arranged, edited and with extra lyrics written by Davies Gilbert Hymns and Carols of God. Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement by the English composer John Stainer, first published in his Carols, New and Old of 1871.[3]

The melody is unusual among English folk melodies in that it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a variation on that phrase. All three phrases end on the third of the scale. The refrain, also unusually, merely repeats the melody of the verse. It is thought to be a corruption of an earlier melody sung in a church gallery setting "The First O Well"; a conjectural reconstruction of this earlier version can be found in the New Oxford Book of Carols.[4]


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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

12 -    Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND     Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND  Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 05, 1766 - In London, James Christie held his first sale.


December 05, 1916 - British premier H. H. Asquith resigned from his post.


December 05, 1941 - In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launched a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre.

December 05, 1941 - Great Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

December 05, 1943 - U.S. Army Air Force began attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.

December 05, 1944 - Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.

December 05, 2006 - The USS Intrepid was moved from its anchorage in the Hudson River to a shipyard in Bayonne, NJ, for renovations. Two attempts were made to move the ship in November 2006 but were unsuccessful. The ship had survived five Japanese kamikaze attacks in the last two years of the Pacific war. It later served off Vietnam and Korea and was a recovery ship for NASA astronauts. After being decommissioned in the late 1970's it was transformed into a military and space museum in 1982.


Monday, December 05, 1966 - Cyclist Sylvčre Maes (b. 27 Aug 1909 in Zevekote, West Flanders, Belgium) died from cancer in Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium at the age of 57.

“Be as friendly to the janitor as you are to the chairman of the board.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(b. 1940)

From My Daughter of Other Parents, Ashley, of AZ - 12/05/16:

I am watching Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980) right now, and there is a scene where he is imagining that he is seeing the baby Jesus in the manger. Mr. Kruger is talking to the Savior and he says, "You're my closest, my finest friend. And that means that I can hold my head high, wherever I go."

This really hit home for me today. When we have a personal relationship with the Savior, we can be confident in all that we do because we will understand our self-worth, and where it comes from. I hope that all of us, especially in this Christmas season, can develop a deeper relationship with the Savior in our lives, so that we too can call Him our closest and finest friend.

   AMEN! Thank you so much, Ashley Darlin'!

   From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 12/04/16 - "JOY IN MIAMI…SANCTUARIES, NOT REALLY":


By Harry M. Covert

They were rejoicing and exceedingly glad. Reverie in Miami and throughout Cuban communities, even here in Frederick, was ecstatic. What brought about the excitement and enthusiasm along with tears of joy? A rather easy answer. Death finally greeted Fidel Castro, the American hater.

The generalissimo despised everybody and was a thorn in the side of free societies. He killed or jailed opponents. At age 90 he entered the shades of Hades. There’s no sense beating around the bush, he ranks down there with the likes of other world-class murderers. I know he pushed the U.S. to the brink of a nuclear disaster back in the sixties. He was a fortunate soul that the free world allowed to continue imprisoning the island, ninety miles off Key West, Florida.

He may have been a lover of baseball. Lots of Cuban athletes and other professional people managed to escape his clutches to their betterment and that of the Land of the Free. It is quite a shame the U.S. didn’t support well enough the Bay of Pigs invasion and throw out Castro and his raggedy band. It’s difficult to understand even today why the wizards in Washington thought it cute to attempt various means to rid the planet of the dictator – suggesting using mobsters to assassinate him. Why not the Marines? Too bad.

The original intention here was to talk about the squabbling that continues with the Frederick County Republican Central Committee. Frankly there’s nothing new with that group. Similar to the national assembly, the locals are quite at loose ends and considered by old-timers to be embarrassments. The Frederick-News Post did a good job reporting of this week’s meeting. I would guess it won’t be long before a new person rides in on a new steed and drains the local swamp. Yes, I couldn’t resist comparing the local festivities with the fear among the Washington elites, and that includes both of the national political parties.

Locally the grand poohbahs are somewhat on edge because the issue of who’s first among equals is in a scramble. That’s good.

But back to the Cuban communist. I can use the description here because he was. I heard a few words from former American politicos to give Fidel his due – in other words, be nice since he’s succumbed. Not me.

I did laugh a few years ago when a Norfolk Virginian-Pilot humorist suggested if the island ever managed to come up with a space program and enlisted astronauts, they could be called Castronauts.


Come on, “Whimsey by Wilkie” was a fun read. Since those days, there’ve been lots of escapees. There’ve been lots, though, who got caught fleeing on makeshift crafts and suffered death, injuries and long prison terms. The poor people have endured a half century where the average monthly salaries amount to $20.

Marylanders can remember the jailing of Alan Gross, of Germantown. Mr. Gross served five years of a 15-year prison sentence for helping technological opportunities for all and to aid the Jewish community. It took a lustrum-plus to release him. He was part of the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

In October 1980 Castro pardoned 30 Americans, some who had already served 10-year sentences. Among them was Melvin Lee Bailey, of Newport News, VA, a computer programmer and former Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Mr. Bailey was sentenced to 24 years in prison for “bombing” Cuba with religious pamphlets. He was a weekend missionary pilot who flew a Piper Cherokee plane on weekends.

Mr. Bailey discovered what prison life was like. He was a faithful servant and endured a three-month term in less than pleasant circumstances.

News agencies have enjoyed writing about so-called excellent public education, medical care and sports program. There was a time when Havana’s baseball team, the Sugar Kings, performed in the International League. It was a farm team of the Cincinnati Reds.

Since Fidel is now ashes (he was cremated) and sibling Raul, 85, the current president, perhaps Cubans have a chance to come into the 21st century. Let’s note that Fidel died with a net worth of nine-hundred million dollars. Raul has done well, too, and enjoys a three hundred million dollar fortune. While everyone else was starving, the brothers robbed and stole from the Cuban treasury. Please don’t consider them having any honor or virtue.

I write this because Frederick County and the state have a large Cuban-American citizenship. Maybe it’s time for another San Juan Hill episode. This time it will be with the influx of Americano touristas and eager businesses

Will there be a Trump International Hotel in Havana? Probably been in the works for some time. No need for a wall around the Florida Straits. ◄◄◄◄◄

   Thank you so much, Harry!

 From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/04/16:

     YES! Thank you, Jerry! That's been a very happy, comforting thought for me for years - particularly as so many cardinals inhabit our neighborhood!

“At every party, there are two kinds of people -- those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”

- Ann Landers
(04 July 1918 - 22 June 2002)

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#35 in a series of 40)":
  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

WOWZERS! Thanks, Billy!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#15 in a series of 30)":

  MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/05/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#5 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 5, Thoughts on Mary by Jeffrey R. Holland

I’ve thought of Mary, too, this most favored mortal woman in the history of the world, who as a mere child received an angel who uttered to her those words that would change the course not only of her own life but also that of all human history: “Hail, thou virgin, who art highly favoured of the Lord. The Lord is with thee; for thou art chosen and blessed among women.” (JST, Luke 1:28.) The nature of her spirit and the depth of her preparation were revealed in a response that shows both innocence and maturity: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38.)

It is here I stumble, here that I grasp for the feelings a mother has when she knows she has conceived a living soul, feels life quicken and grow within her womb, and carries a child to delivery. At such times fathers stand aside and watch, but mothers feel and never forget. Again, I’ve thought of Luke’s careful phrasing about that holy night in Bethlehem:

“The days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and [she] wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and [she] laid him in a manger.” (Luke 2:6–7; italics added.) Those brief pronouns trumpet in our ears that, second only to the child himself, Mary is the chiefest figure, the regal queen, mother of mothers—holding center stage in this grandest of all dramatic moments. And those same pronouns also trumpet that, save for her beloved husband, she was very much alone.

I have wondered if this young woman, something of a child herself, here bearing her first baby, might have wished her mother, or an aunt, or her sister, or a friend, to be near her through the labor. Surely the birth of such a son as this should command the aid and attention of every midwife in Judea! We all might wish that someone could have held her hand, cooled her brow, and when the ordeal was over, given her rest in crisp, cool linen.

But it was not to be so. With only Joseph’s inexperienced assistance, she herself brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in the little clothes she had knowingly brought on her journey, and perhaps laid him on a pillow of hay.

At this focal point of all human history, a point illuminated by a new star in the heavens revealed for just such a purpose, probably no other mortal watched—none but a poor young carpenter, a beautiful virgin mother, and silent stabled animals who had not the power to utter the sacredness they had seen.

Shepherds would soon arrive and later, wise men from the East. Later yet the memory of that night would bring Santa Claus and Frosty and Rudolph—and all would be welcome. But first and forever there was just a little family, without toys or trees or tinsel. With a baby—that’s how Christmas began.

It is for this baby that we shout in chorus: “Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn king! … Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die: Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.”

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Nancy Anderson's Little Penguin Ornament -
Katherine Eng's Snowflake Ornament -
Christmas Love Hearts -
Linda Cyr's Tree Hearts -
Sweet Heart Sachets

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Meaty Stuffed Peppers - "A delicious and nutritious meal is only a half hour away with Meaty Stuffed Peppers. They'll be ready in no time." - Classic Goulash - "Classic dishes never go out of style, and this easy recipe for Hungarian goulash will be one of your favorites. With savory seasonings and hearty stick-to-your-ribs appeal, it's a perfect meal to satisfy a hungry gang!" - Hamburger Soup - "No, this isn't a mistake - it really is hamburger soup! This is hamburger that we eat with a spoon...and serve with a bun for dunking! But we do recommend serving it with a ladle instead of a spatula."


From - 12/04/16:

An Irishman proposed to his girlfriend on Saint Patrick’s Day and gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond.

On learning it wasn't real, she protested vehemently about his cheapness.

He explained that in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, he picked her a sham-rock.

1. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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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                          Love to all, Carol





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The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise men came from country far
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both Pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of naught
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

"The First Noel" midi (Version 1) courtesy of - 12/05/11

"The First Noel" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/04/05

Image of "Adoration of the Shepherds" (1622) by Gerrit van Honthorst (1590-1656) courtesy
of - 12/04/05

Image of "Adoration of the Shepherds" by Giorgione (c.1476/8 - 1510) courtesy
of - 12/04/05

Animated Christmas Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

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

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