12/09/18 - NNHS Newsletter - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
(Second Sunday in Advent)
“Peace is the first thing the angels sang. Peace is the mark of the
sons of God. Peace is the nurse of love.
- Pope Leo I (Leo the Great) (c. 390/400 - 10 Nov 461)
DearFriends and Schoolmates,
Today is the Second Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Peace.
BONUS #1 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra - What more could you really want?!?
BONUS #2 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis, 1958
BONUS #3 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Julie Andrews, 1969
BONUS #4 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Ray Conniff Singers, 1972
BONUS #5 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Sixpence None the Richer, 2003
BONUS #6 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Josh Groban, 2007
BONUS #7 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2010
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (sometimes rendered as "It
Came Upon a Midnight Clear") is a poem and
carol written by
Edmund Sears, pastor of the
Unitarian Church in
Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one
of two melodies: "Carol," composed by
Richard Storrs Willis, or "Noel," adapted from an English melody.
Edmund Sears composed the five-stanza poem in 1849. It first appeared on December 29, 1849 in the Christian Register in Boston. Sears is said to have written these words at the request of his friend, William Parsons Lunt, pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts.
In 1850, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer who trained under Felix Mendelssohn, wrote the melody called "Carol." This melody is most often set in the key of B-flat major in a six-eight time signature. "Carol" is the most widely known tune to the song in the United States.
In the United Kingdom the tune called "Noel", which was adapted from an English melody in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan, is the usual accompaniment. This tune also appears as an alternate in The Hymnal 1982, the hymnal of the United States Episcopal Church.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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);
13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)
14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;
15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND Buster Vest ('63) of VA;
16 - Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA!
|Many Happy Returns, One and All!|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 09, 1940 -
Operation Compass –
Indian troops under the command of Major-General
Richard O'Connor attacked
Italian forces near
Barrani in Egypt,
opening their first major offensive in North Africa.
December 09, 1941 - The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declared war on Germany and Japan.
December 09, 1961 - The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ended with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
|THIS DAY IN 1968:|
|Sunday, December 09, 1968 - Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as "The Mother of All Demos", publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).|
“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”|
- Stephen Sondheim
(b. 22 Mar 1930)
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/09/18:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/09/18,
5:43 AM and a bit later:
On the "Road Christmas" on this rainy
Sunday morning, I couldn't be remiss and forget one of my great
Christmas memories as a child. It was the annual trek to this
store, the main Miller and Rhoads location in Richmond with the
best Santa anywhere. It was a great annual event with lunch with
Santa, shopping and, of course, that sit in his lap while your
parents cringed to find out all the "stuff" you wanted. I doubt
many kids grew up in the Tidewater or Central Virginia in the
40s, 50s and 60s without a trip to see the Jolly Old Elf in his
Here's a picture of their Santa before the big store closed. Perfection at its best... 2 weeks and 2 days to go, you better get ready.
|Miller and Rhoads|
Thank you, Jimmy!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/06/18:
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH- 12/06/18:
From My Friend, Tina, then of NC - 12/08/13 - "Candy Cane Wreath":
This is a wonderful conversation starter as well as a gift
Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Tina!
“My favorite machine at the gym is the vending
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early (decorating ideas) - (#10 in a Series of 14)":
WOW! Thank you, Shari!
|BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:|
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/08/18:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Richard Storrs Willis
(10 Feb 1819 – 10 May 1900), 1859
"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" midi courtesy of http://www.lockergnome.com/midi/ - 11/23/05
"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/hark_the_herald_angels_sing.htm - 12/04/05
Image of "The Holy Night" (1522) by Antonio Allegri Correggio (c.1489 - 1534) courtesy of http://rbraley.tripod.com/xmasart.html - 12/08/05
Image of "The Nativity" (1523) by Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480 - 1556/1557) courtesy of http://rbraley.tripod.com/xmasart.html - 12/08/05
Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ1.htm - 12/05/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece
Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Big Grin Smiley
courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16