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12/05/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
 Come, Listen to My Story

"I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit,
we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world."

 - Norman Vincent Peale
(31 May 1898 - 24 Dec 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Did I ever mention that I once planned to major in All Things Medieval? No?? Well, it's true. Hence my fascination with this Medieval Christmas carol. Actually, as nearly as I can tell, the words are much newer, written by a gentleman who shared my interest in preserving the relics of the past. The tune actually dates from the Renaissance, but it's close enough to retain some of the flavor of the older melodies.

BONUS - Come, Listen to My Story - Hereford Cathedral Choir, directed by Roy Massey, with Huw Williams, organist



   Happy Birthday today to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (d. 07/24/09) AND     the late Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) (d. 11/21/18)!

   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   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73) (d. 10/29/17);

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 PA AND     Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



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.



December 05, 1970 - Ice hockey player Kevin Haller was born Kevin Wade Haller in Trochu, Alberta, Canada.

December 05, 1970 - Singer-songwriter Michel'le was born Michel'le Denise Toussaint in Los Angeles, California.


"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
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/05/17:

   Thank you, Joan!


“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)



Nancy Anderson's Red Heart Little Penguin Ornament - "Add a whimsical creative touch to your holiday tree with our clever crocheted penguin."

Katherine Eng's 14 Snowflake Ornaments - "We have an assorted type of crochet snowflake motifs. They can be used as ornaments, garland or even gift toppers. In this article, I have added tips and tutorials for stiffening up your snowflakes so they can be displayed with their maximum potential."

Red Heart Christmas Love Hearts - "Got to love the hearts! Make them for your tree, to decorate packages or to hang in other places. Make them for those you love. Color choices are up to you. You'll just love the Red Hearts!"

Linda Cyr's Red Heart Tree Hearts - SOOO pretty!

Red Heart Sweet Heart Sachets


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

 From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 12/04/14 - "Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake":

... If you've never had a "Coke Cake", you really do need to try it!! I'm not sure if this is a local thing or not... I just remember Mom makin' it when I was a kid. I'm not a big cake fan, but this one is so moist and the icing is just irresistible. I hope you get a chance to try it.
  Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

1 cup Coca Cola (real thing, not diet)
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla


1 stick butter
3 Tablespoon cocoa
6 Tablespoon of cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-3/4 cups confectioner's sugar


In a saucepan, mix Coca Cola, oil, butter and cocoa and bring to a boil. In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Pour the boiling Cola mixture over the flour mixture and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees or 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan. Cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.

Frosting: In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients and spread on the cake while it's still warm. Enjoy.

 OOOH! Thank you, Susie! As it happens, I myself am a HUGE cake fan - and I mean that in both senses of the word.....



From - 12/04/15:
A middle aged man bought himself an open top sports car and having just picked it up from the showroom, decided to take it for a drive. Enjoying the wind in his hair as he took another bend, just kissing the apex he spied in the rear view mirror a policeman on a motorbike. Immediately he put his foot on the gas and was soon approaching 100 miles an hour. Then he came to his senses and pulled over.

As the policeman approached, the man started to apologize when the officer said, “Look, it's 5:15PM on a sunny Friday afternoon and my shift ends in a few minutes. If you can give me an excuse I haven't heard before. I'll let you go.”

The man replied, “Officer, my wife left me for a policeman six years ago, and when I saw you in my mirror I thought you were trying to bring her back to me.”

With this the officer closed his ticket book and waved the man on.


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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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Come, Listen to My Story

Words by George Ratcliffe Woodward, the Cowley Carol Book, 1902
(27 Dec 1848 – 03 Mar 1934)

Tune: The Noble Shirbe, an English Melody of the 16th Century

Come, listen to my story,
Christus natus hodie:
Born is the King of glory;
Rex de Virgine.
Nowell, Nowell, good news I tell,
God comes on earth a stranger
Eya! Emanuel
Lies cradled in a manger.

Came angels down, a number,
On the midnight of His brith:
"Ye shepherds, wake from slumber:
Peace, good-will on earth,
And bliss on high," the Angels cry,
"To you is born and given,
Eya! of maid Marie,
Th'Almighty Lord of heaven.

Then rode three kings together,
Over desert, hill, and date;
Nought caring from the weather,
Sleet, and snow, and hail.
They came from far, led by a star,
With beams that never vary:
Eya! full fain they are
To see the Babe of Mary.

Away then banish sorrow;
Nato Regi psallite:
Sith Christ is born this morrow,
With Angels eke and shepherds meek,
And with yon Eastern Sages,
Eya! let us go seek
The newborn King of ages.


"Come, Listen to My Story" midi courtesy of - 12/05/09

"Come, Listen to My Story" lyrics (and available sheet music) courtesy
of - 12/05/09

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!

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

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

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

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

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