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12/10/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Blue Christmas

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill,
to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

- Calvin Coolidge
(04 July 1872 - 05 Jan 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Maybe I'm just getting a case of the Holiday Blues myself, but Elvis has been singing this Christmas song to me all week now, so I thought we might just as well revisit this Newsletter theme.

BONUS #1 - Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley, live

BONUS #2 - Blue Christmas from The Year Without A Santa Claus, 1976

BONUS #3 - Blue Christmas - Denny Brownlee (interviewing himself as "Seymour Swine") - NO, that is NOT me cackling in the background - although for a moment there, I thought it was!


"Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.

The song was first recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948,[3] and was popularized the following year in three separate recordings: one by country artist Ernest Tubb; one by bandleader Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra; and one by bandleader Russ Morgan and his orchestra (the latter featuring lead vocals by Morgan and backing vocals by singers credited as the Morganaires).[4] Tubb's version spent the first week of January 1950 at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Most-Played Juke Box (Country & Western) Records chart, while Winterhalter's version peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys chart and Morgan's version reached No. 11 on Billboard's Best-Selling Pop Singles chart.[5] Also in 1950 Billy Eckstine recorded a new version, backed by the orchestra of Russ Case, with shortened lyrics in a variation close to what is now the common standard for this song; the orchestral backing of this recording has often been wrongfully accredited to Hugo Winterhalter.[6]

Elvis Presley cemented the status of "Blue Christmas" as a rock-and-roll holiday classic[citation needed] by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album...


     Happy Birthday today to   John Murden ('60) of VA AND  Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA;

17 -  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/09/15:

“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!”

Neal A. Maxwell, October 1992
(06 July 1926 - 21 July 2004)

   Thanks so much, Susan!


December 10, 1941 - Battle of the Philippines Imperial Japanese forces under the command of General Masaharu Homma invaded the Philippine mainland.

December 10, 1941 - In the Battle of Malaya, the Royal Navy capital ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo bombers near Malaya.

December 10, 1942 - The Government of Poland in exile sent Raczyński's Note (the first official report on the Holocaust) to 26 governments who signed the Declaration by United Nations.


December 10, 1969 - Cricketer and coach Darren Berry was born Darren Shane Berry in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

December 10, 1969 - I
ce hockey player and manager Rob Blake was born Robert Bowlby Blake in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/10/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/08/19, 10:27 AM:

  WOW! Thank you, Jean!

From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 12/09/19, 8:04 AM:

    Thanks, Carlene!



  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/19:


“ At what age do you think it's appropriate to tell a highway it's adopted?”

Zach Galifianakis
(b. 01 Oct 1969)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/19, 9:29 AM - "Smiles & Crafts" (#10 in a Series of 19):

  COOLThank you, Shari!

Tammy Hildebrand's Suzy Snowflake Afghan - "Winter is coming, and the Suzy Snowflake Afghan is ready to keep you warm! This amazing crochet blanket pattern is a kaleidoscope of blues that resemble the intricate ice formations inside snowflakes. This wintry crochet afghan will be the perfect addition to your home during the holidays. Don't be fooled by its dazzling intricacy. This is actually great for those in need of easy crochet patterns."

Donna Collinsworth's Blue and White Granny Square Christmas Tree Skirt

Crochet Stocking for Chloe - "These may not be the traditional Christmas colors, but I really love these shades of blue and green; they seem so innocent and pure, like the holiday!"

Heart's Desire Doily-ed Jars - "Dress up your storage jars by adding simple lace doilies, perfect for both food gifts and craft organizing."

Michele Wilcox's Gingerbread Tree Ornaments - "Crochet a sweet gingerbread family to hang on... the tree with their gingerbread house. Heart trims proclaim their love! You may also use them as gift tie-ons or to make a sweet banner."

Michele Wilcox's Holly Trim Table Runner - "Trim a crocheted table runner with holly leaves and berries to display for the holidays. This heartwarming touch is the perfect way to set the stage for festive meals or just sitting around the table with family and friends."

Kimberly's Sideways Lace Scarf - "This Broom-stick lace pattern is a very versatile pattern and extremely easy to modify for your desired yarn, size, available knitting needle size etc."

Snowy Day Mobius Neckwarmer
- "A Snowy Day Mobius Neckwarmer like this one is exactly perfect for that snowy day. Have a snow day and play outside. This neckwarmer is big enough to wear as a hood too. Single and double crochet is all you need to know."

Debi's Newborn Christmas Tree Hat
- "Even your littlest one can get festive this holiday season with a Newborn Christmas Tree Crochet Hat. Crochet hats are great gifts for anyone of all ages; Christmas crochet hats are even better. This hat would make a cute picture for your greeting cards."


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/14 - "Christmas Molasses Pudding":



From - 12/09/18:

Johnny's mother ran into the bedroom when she heard him scream and found his two-year-old sister pulling his hair. She gently released the little girl's grip and said comfortingly to five-year-old Johnny, "There, there. She didn't mean it. She doesn't know that it hurts."

Mom was barely out of the room when the little girl screamed. Rushing back in she asked, "What happened?"

"She knows now," little Johnny explained.


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 08, 2020 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/23/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Blue Christmas

Written by Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson, 1948

Recorded by Elvis Presley, 1957
(08 Jan 1935 – 16 Aug 1977 - or IS he???)

I'll have a Blue Christmas without you.
I'll be so blue thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree,
Won't mean a thing if you're not here with me.

I'll have a Blue Christmas that's certain.
And when that blue heartache starts hurtin'.
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.

"Blue Christmas" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"Blue Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/04/05

Image of "Blue Christmas" Craft Projects courtesy of - 12/04/05

Animated Christmas Lights 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

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

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 Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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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