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12/11/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...
as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of,
in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent
to open their shut-up hearts freely.

- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   A few days ago I took one of those fun quizzes that Facebook has to offer entitled, "What Is Your Christmas Anthem?" Big surprise: this holiday classic is mine!  

   "The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole - An old soul who's heart swelled as soon as this classic song's sweeping strings began to play, there is no other song that could encapsulate your Christmas spirit, making your Anthem "The Christmas Song" recorded by the legend himself, Nat King Cole. This song has it all, beautiful imagery, nostalgic memories, and all the love you could possibly pour into a single song. For you, Christmas is a time of not only love and togetherness, but of remembrance and thankfulness as well. Now is it just us or is there something in your eye, too?"

BONUS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhzxQCTCI3E - The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christmas_Song:  

"The Christmas Song" (commonly subtitled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or, as it was originally subtitled, "Merry Christmas to You") is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to "stay cool by thinking cool", the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.[1] "I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells') piano with four lines written in pencil", Tormé recalled. "They started, 'Chestnuts roasting..., Jack Frost nipping..., Yuletide carols..., Folks dressed up like Eskimos.' Bob didn't think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics."

The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole's behest – and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records – a second recording was made later the same year utilizing a small string section, this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Cole again recorded the song in 1953, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and once more in 1961, in a stereophonic version with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael. Cole's 1961 version is generally regarded as definitive, and in 2004 was the most-loved seasonal song with women aged 30–49,[2] while the original 1946 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974...[3]


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

  Happy Birthday today to   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND    My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona McAllister (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of UT!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 VA;

17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 11, 1937 - Second Italo-Abyssinian War: The Fascist Council in Rome withdrew Italy from the League of Nations. .

December 11, 1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, following the Americans' declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declared war on Germany and Italy.

December 11, 1941 - Poland declared war on Empire of Japan.

December 11, 1957 - It was forbidden to leave East Germany without permission. Violations were prosecuted with prison up to three years.

December 11, 1973 - West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally nullified the 1938 Munich pact when they signed a treaty sanctioning Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.


THIS DAY IN 1954:

   It was 60 years ago today that USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was christened, right there in Newport News. Remember? Even I remember that; I was right there with my family. I was wearing my white organdy dress.....

         My sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, remembers what she was wearing, too. Yes, she says she distinctly remembers that she was wearing clothes.

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THIS DAY IN 1964:

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Comedian and actor Michel Courtemanche was born in Laval, Quebec, Canada

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Del Amitri and The Uncle Devil Show) Justin Currie was born Justin Robert Currie in Glasgow, Scotland.

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Middle-distance runner Ella Kovacs was born in Luduş, Romania.

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Widespread Panic, Stockholm Syndrome, and J Mascis + The Fog) Dave Schools was born David Allen Schools in Richmond, Virginia.

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan was born in Concord, New Hampshire.

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Swimmer Carolyn Waldo was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Singer-songwriter (The Highway Q.C.'s and The Soul Stirrers) Sam Cooke (b. 22 Jan 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi) died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 31 in what was then ruled a justifiable homicide.

Friday, December 11, 1964 - Actor and singer Percy Kilbride (b. Percy William Kilbride on 16 July 1888 in San Francisco, California) died in Los Angeles, California of atherosclerosis and terminal pneumonia at the age of 76.


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/10/14 - "You have to watch this... just awesome..... - Merry Christmas":

You have to watch this... just awesome..... - Merry Christmas!

To get you in the spirit of Christmas

The Air Force band like the designated official bands for the other Military Services are composed of highly respected musicians . Many of these band members have advanced degrees in voice, instrumental and music composition,. In addition they are fully trained and qualified as soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coasties.

They perform free concerts around the world of classical, jazz, popular, rock and martial music.

If you have an opportunity to attend one of their concerts you will be totally impressed and entertained.

I was fortunate to work with an Army special band during the Country’s bi-centennial in a musical presentation of the soldier and 200 years of history. The show traveled from coast to coast for over a year and played to thousands in the finest theatres. During this tour I came to realize the professionalism of these soldiers and their importance to our Country. They are truly special.

http://blog.theveteranssite.com/smithsonian-flash-mob/#wFbHWRqUyX1gVq5V.01 - It Starts With a Lone Cellist… And Grows to 120 Musicians! The U.S. Air Force Band Flash Mobs the Smithsonian In Style!

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Wayne!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/14 - "YES...THIS IS US!":

YES...THIS IS US!

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement, or,
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner? or O Canada

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention, on veterans day and our great country's birthday .


YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!

I'm the life of the party......even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I'm very good at opening childproof caps...with a hammer.
I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.
I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over...
I'm aware that other people's grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine.
I'm so cared for --- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care.

I'm not really grouchy, I just don't like traffic, waiting, crowds, lawyers, loud music, unruly kids, Jenny Craig and Toyota commercials, barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can't seem to remember right now.

I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm having trouble remembering simple words like.......
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let kids become policemen?
I'm wondering, if you're only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?
And, how can my kids be older than I feel sometimes?

I'm a walking storeroom of facts..... I've just lost the key to the storeroom door.

Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!

Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn't send it back to them, but I would send it to many more!


Now - Have I already sent this to you???????

If so, I'll try not to do it again (for a while.)

     Thank you, Haul Party!


      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/10/14 - "Make Time":

 

ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Jean!

 
 


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#17 in a series of 18)":

  AWW! Thanks, Dools!
 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#9 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 9, Trouble at the Inn by Dina Donohue
 

For years now, whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace Purling.

Wally's performance in one annual production of the Nativity play has slipped into the realm of legend. But the old-timers who were in the audience that night never tire of recalling exactly what happened.

Wally was nine that year and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth. Most people in town knew that he had difficulty keeping up. He was big and awkward, slow in movement and mind.

Still, Wally was well liked by the other children in his class, all of whom were smaller than he, though the boys had trouble hiding their irritation when Wally would ask to play ball with them or any game, for that matter, in which winning was important.

They'd find a way to keep him out, but Wally would hang around anyway—not sulking, just hoping. He was a helpful boy, always willing and smiling, and the protector, paradoxically, of the underdog. If the older boys chased the younger ones away, it would be Wally who'd say, "Can't they stay? They're no bother."

Wally fancied the idea of being a shepherd in the Christmas pageant, but the play's director, Miss Lumbard, assigned him a more important role. After all, she reasoned, the innkeeper did not have too many lines, and Wally's size would make his refusal of lodging to Joseph more forceful.

And so it happened that the usual large, partisan audience gathered for the town's yearly extravaganza of crooks and crèches, of beards, crowns, halos and a whole stageful of squeaky voices.

No one on stage or off was more caught up in the magic of the night than Wallace Purling. They said later that he stood in the wings and watched the performance with such fascination that Miss Lumbard had to make sure he didn't wander onstage before his cue.

Then the time came when Joseph appeared, slowly, tenderly guiding Mary to the door of the inn. Joseph knocked hard on the wooden door set into the painted backdrop. Wally the innkeeper was there, waiting.

"What do you want?" Wally said, swinging the door open with a brusque gesture.

"We seek lodging."

"Seek it elsewhere." Wally spoke vigorously. "The inn is filled."

"Sir, we have asked everywhere in vain. We have traveled far and are very weary."

"There is no room in this inn for you." Wally looked properly stern.

"Please, good innkeeper, this is my wife, Mary. She is heavy with child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired."

Now, for the first time, the innkeeper relaxed his stiff stance and looked down at Mary. With that, there was a long pause, long enough to make the audience a bit tense with embarrassment.

"No! Begone!" the prompter whispered.

"No!" Wally repeated automatically. "Begone!"

Joseph sadly placed his arm around Mary and Mary laid her head upon her husband's shoulder and the two of them started to move away. The innkeeper did not return inside his inn, however. Wally stood there in the doorway, watching the forlorn couple. His mouth was open, his brow creased with concern, his eyes filling unmistakably with tears.

And suddenly this Christmas pageant became different from all others.

"Don't go, Joseph," Wally called out. "Bring Mary back." And Wallace Purling's face grew into a bright smile. "You can have my room."

Some people in town thought that the pageant had been ruined. Yet there were others—many, many others—who considered it the most Christmas of all Christmas pageants they had ever seen.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
http://www.craftown.com/Bell-Angel-Ornament.html - Jenny Newman's Bell Angel Ornament - "Lift your holiday spirit with this Bell Angel Ornament. Crochet Christmas ornaments are great gifts to give to yourself and to others. This is an easy crochet pattern that would look great hanging on your tree or as a gift topper. If you're looking for a crochet gift idea then look no further."

http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/crochet/cosy_crocheted_slippers.php - Violet Spotts' Cozy Slippers - "These cozy slippers are one of our new free slipper crochet patterns. They are so super soft and cozy that you'll never want to talk them off. Wear then around the house and just relax. You've earned it!"


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/14 - "Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake":

Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake

2 beaten eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 (20-oz.) can undrained crushed pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  
   Combine ingredients, and mix until smooth. Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes.  Frost while hot.  Chill.  Cake tastes much better when chilled.

Frosting
 

1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

   Beat softened cream cheese and butter with beater.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

                                        - Frances Pratt Weatherford, Norfolk, VA


FINALLY:


From
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/10/14:

 
Little Billy wanted $100 badly and prayed for two weeks but nothing happened.

Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100. When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to God, USA, they decided to send it to President Bush.

The President was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send Billy a $5.00 bill.

President Bush thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

Billy was delighted with the $5.00 and sat down to write a thank you note to God, which read:

Dear God,

Thank you very much for sending the money, however, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington D.C. and, as usual, those crooks deducted $95.00.

Thanks,

Billy


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/27/14

BLOG:

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802
 


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The Christmas Song

(Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Words and music by
Bob Wells (15 Oct 1922 – 28 Sept 1998) and Mel Tormé (13 Sept 1925 – 05 June 1999), 1944

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's bringing lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you


"The Christmas Song" midi courtesy of http://www.jump-gate.com/christmas/midi.html - 12/02/06

"The Christmas Song" lyrics courtesy of http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/%7Eai251/xcarol.html - 12/02/06

Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of - well, I dunno, but it's been in my files since  12/25/05

Pine Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.holidaygraphics.com/christmas/graphics/page9.html - 12/18/04

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 http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 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!!


Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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 Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

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

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