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12/09/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
Once in Royal David's City
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary
his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

- Luke 2:4-7

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Even during this pandemic, I hope your lives are full and happy and bustling with excitement!  

   This is one of my favorite Christmas carols.  It's not exciting, except in its message of joy, but it does fill my heart with a peaceful, gentle spirit of love.

BONUS #1 - Once in Royal David's City - King's College Cambridge

BONUS #2 - Once in Royal David's City - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

BONUS #3 - Once in Royal David's City - Jonathan and Charlotte


Once in Royal David's City is a Christmas carol originally written as poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys' hymnbook Hymns for little Children. A year later, the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music.[1] Cecil Alexander, meanwhile, married the Anglican clergyman William Alexander in 1848 and upon her husband's consecration became a bishop's wife in 1867.[1] She is also remembered for her hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Since 1919, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the King's College Chapel Cambridge has begun its Christmas Eve service, with Dr Arthur Henry Mann's arrangement of "Once in Royal David's City" as the Processional hymn.[1] Mann was organist at King's between 1876–1929.[2] In his arrangement, the first verse is sung by a boy chorister of the Choir of King's Chapel as a solo. The second verse is sung by the choir, and the congregation joins in the third verse. Excluding the first verse, the hymn is accompanied by the organ. This carol was the first recording that the King's College Choir under Boris Ord made for EMI in 1948.[3] Among others who have recorded it are Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, Daniel O'Donnell, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Petula Clark, Jethro Tull, Sinéad O'Connor and Sufjan Stevens and most recently St. Paul's Choir School.


   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 -   The late Kay Davis Smith ('57) (d. 25 June 2019);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND  Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND     Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   The late Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) (d. 05 Mar 2020)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   Hit #189,500 was made by an unknown user sometime in the morning of Wednesday, December 09, 2020 when I wasn't paying close enough attention.


December 09, 1940 - Operation Compass British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor attacked Italian forces near Sidi 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, 1941 - The 19th Bombardment Group attacked Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.

December 09, 1946 - The "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" began with the "Doctors' Trial", prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.

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.


December 09, 1970 - Singer-songwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi was born Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi in Ossining, New York.

December 09, 1970 - Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Lance Krall was born in Monterey, California.

December 09, 1970 - The co-founder of the Mikoyan Company, Artem Mikoyan (b. Artyom Ivanovich Mikoyan [Артём Ива́нович Микоя́н] on 05 Aug 1905 in Sanahin, Elisabethpol Governorate, Russian Empire [now Armenia]), died in Moscow, Soviet Union at the age of 65.

December 09, 1970 - The 7th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Feroz Khan Noon (ملک فیروز خان نون) (b. 07 May 1893 in Hamoka, Khushab District Punjab, British India), died in Nurpur Noon, Sargodha District, Punjab, Pakistan at the age of 77.

“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 Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/08/14:

  ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Joyce!

From My Friend, Jennifer, of NC - 12/08/14:

  INDEED! Thanks, Jennifer!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/06/18:

   Thanks, Domi!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/07/14 - "Coconut Oil":

Quotes Of Value

"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
~ Charles M. Schulz.

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."
~ G.K. Chesterton.


From Looking Good

1. Relieve the Effects of Food Poisoning- Take 2-3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil with orange juice every day. With the oils antiviral, antimicrobial actions, it can defeat almost any illness.

2. Reduce Fine Lines/Wrinkles- Coconut Oil's biologically active components have been shown to increase collagen crosslinking. This is why it helps reduce fine lines/wrinkles. Apply it twice daily using only a little amount and rub it in thoroughly.

3. Improve Circulation- When taken internally, Coconut Oil may help improve blood flow. It increases the "good" cholesterol levels, helping to even out the bad levels. Start with 1/2 a tablespoon a day and work up to 1 tablespoon.

4. Unstick a Zipper- Apply a bit of Coconut Oil to the stuck part of a zipper, rub it in, and Voila! Your zipper will be as good as new.

5. Tattoo Moisturizer/Healer- Coconut Oil instead of Jelly or Vaseline will help soothe itching around the tattoo as it heals, reduces smothering of the skin, moisturizes the tattoo, and goes on smooth, instead of gummy.

6. Fight Acne- Some people find themselves with Propionibacterium acne. An all natural way to reduce the overgrowth is by applying a bit of Coconut Oil as a cleaner.

7. Help Heal A Bruise- Coconut Oil helps speed up the healing of tissue when used externally, or even internally, and can repair tissue damage while helping to reduce or heal completely in less time.

8. Minimize Heartburn- By swallowing 2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil it can help reduce heartburn. It coats the belly and helps get the bile taste out of the mouth.

9. Reduce Dandruff- In some cases, dandruff is more than a dry, flaky scalp. It is actually a build up of fungus. By using Coconut Oil 2-3 times a week it will help keep the itching and flaking at bay.

10. Fight Ringworm- To apply, wash hands before and after application, rinse the infected area with water, and pat dry before rubbing in a small amount of Coconut Oil up to 3 times daily to help fight the fungus.

There are hundreds of uses for Coconut Oil, for pets, for beauty, for cleaning as well as so much more!

   Thank you, Shari!

“My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.”

- Caroline Rhea
(b. 13 Apr 1964)


From My Friend, Tina, then of NC - 12/08/13 - "Candy Cane Wreath":

  Candy Cane Wreath

This is a wonderful conversation starter as well as a gift

20 candy canes arranged as shown.
Tie them two by two facing each other.
You can hot glue a decoration to the center to keep the ends together.
Glue small round ornaments to each set you tied.
Hang with ribbon.

   Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Tina!


  10 Free Last Minute Christmas Crochet Patterns!

20 Quick Crochet Gift Ideas: Less Than 100 Yards Each!

16 Free Crochet Angel Patterns - "Angels are some of the most beautiful symbols known to man. People rely on angels to take care of their family members and they speak to angels on good thoughts, they are messengers from God, spiritual beings. Angels can be all around us whether you can see them or not. With that said, you can see them anytime you want if you crochet some lovely patterns. You can use free crochet angel patterns like these to keep them with you at all times. Keep them out to decorate your home year-round or make them to give as gifts. Angels make lovely decorations around the holidays, too."


  From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/08/14 - "Wendy's Chili":

Wendy's Chili - Save this recipe for a crisp fall day...


2 pounds fresh ground beef
1 quart or 1 (29-ounce) can tomato juice
1 (15-ounce) can tomato purée
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
medium-large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup chili powder (use less for milder chili)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (use more for real flavor)
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a 6-quart pot. Cover the pot and let the chili simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Margaret!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/11 - "Southern Spicy Ginger Bread and Warm Lemon Sauce"

   This is one of my favorite recipe combinations which I've been making for over forty years!

Southern Spicy Ginger Bread

  2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup melted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  2 teaspoons soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons ginger
1 cup boiling water
   Add beaten eggs to sugar, molasses, and melted butter. Then add dry ingredients which have been mixed and sifted. Add gradually, the boiling water to the mixture and bake at 350 degrees in individual or shallow pans. Serve with warm lemon sauce. May top with whipped cream.

- Mrs. M. H. Marshall, Appomattox County, Virginia

Lemon Sauce (DeLuxe)

  Butter size of large egg
1 cup sugar
1 egg
  1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 lemon (juice and most of rind, grated)
1/3 cup boiling water
Cream butter and sugar well. Add well beaten egg, nutmeg, juice and rind of lemon. Beat several minutes, then add slowly the boiling water. Bring just to boil (do not boil).

- Mrs. Ruth Robertson, Lancaster County, Virginia


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/08/12 - "Peanut Butter Fudge":





    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 12/08/14 - "9 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays":

9 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays - "Christmas cookies, holiday cookies, winter treats—whatever you want to call them, they used to be the perfect gift. Everyone loved getting a little tin of homemade cookies. Coworkers, friends, neighbors, even the mailman and doorman were delighted! No longer. The culprit was nuts at first. Then gluten. Or Paleo. Suddenly cookies were unwelcome and rebuffed on every doorstep without careful screening of ingredients and allergens; plus, let's be honest, who can keep track of which cousin can’t have Brazil nuts or that your office manager is gluten-free?! To solve the problem of juggling allergies and intolerances, we’ve constructed the perfect roundup of allergen-friendly holiday cookie recipes to please everyone on your list."

   Thanks, Susie!


From - 12/08/14:

By the time the soldier pulled into the little town, every hotel room was taken. "You've got to have a room somewhere", he pleaded with a proprietor. "Well, I do have a double room with one occupant, but he is an Air Force guy" admitted the manager, and he might be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained in the past. I'm not sure it'd be worth it to you.

"No problem." the tired Army guy assured him, "I'll take it." The next morning the soldier came down to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

"How'd you sleep?" asked the manager. "Never better," said the soldier.

The manager was impressed. "No problem with the other guy snoring all night long?"

"No, I shut him up in no time," explained the soldier.

"How'd you manage that?" asked the proprietor.

"Well, he was already in bed, snoring away, when I walked into the room, so I gave him a kiss on the cheek," explained the soldier. “Then, I whispered in his ear, 'Good night, beautiful,' and he sat up all night watching me."

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Once in Royal David's City

Words by Cecil Frances Alexander (April 1818 - 23 Oct 1895), 1848

Music: "Irby", by Henry John Gauntlett (09 July 1805 - 21 Feb 1876), 1849

Once in royal David's city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor, the scorned, the lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.

And, through all his wondrous childhood,
he would honor and obey,
love and watch the lowly maiden
in whose gentle arms he lay:
Christian children all must be
mild, obedient, good as he.

For he is our childhood's pattern,
day by day like us he grew;
he was little, weak and helpless,
tears and smiles like us he knew.
and he feeleth for our sadness,
and he shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that Child who seemed so helpless
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing round,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
set at God's right hand on high;
when like stars his children crowned,
all in white shall wait around.

 "Once in Royal David's City" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"Once in Royal David's City" lyrics courtesy of - 12/09/06

Image of Manger Scene courtesy of - 12/09/06

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!

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Big Grin Smiley courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Thanks, Domi!

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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