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12/11/18 - 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 years 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 - 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 PA AND     Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73)!

   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 MA;

17 -  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
 
December 11, 1868 - Paraguayan War: Brazilian troops defeated Paraguayan at the Battle of Avay.


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, 1941 - The Imperial Japanese Navy suffered its first loss of surface vessels during the Battle of Wake Island.

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 64 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 1968:
Tuesday, December 11, 1968 - The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, featuring the Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, the Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and the Dirty Mac with Yoko Ono, was filmed in Wembley, London.

Tuesday, December 11, 1968 - Footballer and manager Fabrizio Ravanelli was born in Perugia, Umbria, Italy.

Tuesday, December 11, 1968 - Painter and author Richard Sagrits (b. 19 Dec 1910 in Karepa, Estonia) died in Tallinn, Estonia eight days before his 58th birthday.

Tuesday, December 11, 1968 - Publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger (b. 12 Sept 1891, probably in New York) died (also probably in New York) at the age of 77.


“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

- Samuel Johnson
(19 Sept 1709 - 13 Dec 1784)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/11/17:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


 

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/10/18, @ 6:30 PM:
 

  I will bid you adieu for the night as my long day on the "Road to Christmas" must end before I fall asleep driving down memory lane. God bless you all, sweet dreams and until tomorrow, I leave you with this. What could be better at this time of year than a night in Bethlehem, but in this case BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA?

   Thank you, Jimmy!

 
 


From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/03/18 - "The world's six best doctors ... worth reading twice":

Ever wonder what some of the richest people think when they know they are going to die soon?

The World's six best doctors ..worth reading twice

Steve Jobs Died a billionaire at age 56. This is his final essay:

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others' eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost - Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down - you go down with it.

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.

The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!

The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life."
 

     Thank you, Wayne!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/18:
 

    
 
 


“I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.”

- Rodney Dangerfield
(22 Nov 1921 - 05 Oct 2004)


From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/10/12 - "Holiday Stress":

5 Effective Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress During the Recession

For most of us, we want the holidays to be fun and exciting. But more often than not, the holiday season evokes tension and stress. By spending more money than our budgets allow, or going overboard by eating the wrong foods, or taking on too many activities...these external stressors are only a piece of the bigger picture. These problems only compound when we are faced with unresolved family issues and budget limitations. And as the holidays approach, these issues may seem larger and more complicated as we confront family members who we typically don't see throughout the year, and often don't really want to see!

Here are 5 tips that will help reduce your holiday stress:

1. Be Prepared.
It is important to remember that a mixture of feelings and emotions will undoubtedly be experienced. Preparing for this mixture is a sure bet to avoiding the shock and surprise when a myriad of feelings erupt from sometimes the most seemingly innocent of situations. When we're prepared and use the patterns from past holiday seasons to help us do things differently, we can create a new feeling around the holidays. Even if the stress is only slightly reduced, we have changed something about our lives and our repetitive patterns. The worst feeling is to be stuck doing the same things over and over again that just don't work.

2. Be Realistic.
One way to prepare for holiday stress is to be realistic. If you have unresolved issues with your family, they won't magically disappear just because it's the holiday. Wishing for this only sets the stage for disappointment, failure and unhappiness. In fact, the issues are more likely to escalate during the holidays because there's so much pressure to get along, have fun, and be nice. Look at past holidays and learn what's realistic with your family. You don't have to repeat the same unworkable scenario year after year.

3. Nix the Shoulds.
The holiday season creates a lot of "shoulds." "I should see my parents or my siblings because, after all, it is the holiday season." If you feel obligated to see your family during the holiday season, lower your stress by thinking about it in a different way. First of all, remember that you have choices. There is no rule book that says we need to be with our families during the holidays or how long we need to visit with them. If things are simply too stressful with your family, either don't arrange a visit, or limit the time you spend with them.

4. Change Your Reaction.
Our internal feelings and memories of past holidays color how we see the season. Try to look within and see what your beliefs and expectations are about the holidays. Simply make a list of the things that don't work with your family and ask yourself how you usually deal with each one. Then, see if you can think of one way to deal with it a little bit differently. Change your reaction and you'll change the situation. Just by doing this, you have begun to alter an old pattern that doesn't work. This one small transformation can reduce your holiday stress, bringing more peace within yourself and to those around you.

5. Create New and Inexpensive Traditions.
Make a list of things you do every year, noting what each item costs. Get creative and transform your list into new traditions that don't break the bank. For example, as a family, pick out a tree together at Costco, take it home, heat up some apple cider, and play your favorite Christmas CD while decorating the tree together. Instead of purchasing new Christmas decorations, recycle and redecorate your old ornaments. Or make Christmas cookies together and give them away as gifts. There're a lot of ways to create new traditions when our wallets are anything but full.

Remember that it really IS possible to make the holidays about love and connection. Just by thinking about the season a little bit differently and taking some new actions and you will be able to make this a holiday season of fond memories!


About the Author:

"What's the big deal? All I said was ..." Sound familiar? Argument/Affairs Expert and Therapist Sharon M. Rivkin, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Conflict Resolution, helps couples fix their relationships by understanding why they fight. Sharon says, "If you don't get rid of the ghosts that haunt your arguments, you'll never stop fighting!" Read her new book, "Breaking the Argument Cycle: How to Stop Fighting Without Therapy," to learn the tools of therapy to break the cycle of destructive fighting. Sharon has been featured in "O: The Oprah Magazine," "Reader's Digest," and DrLaura.com, and appeared on Martha Stewart Whole Living Radio.
http://www.selfgrowth.com/solos/sharonrivkin.html
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 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early (decorating ideas) - (#12 in a Series of 14)":

  Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season!

   WOW! Thank you, Shari!

 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:

Sarah's Latest Fall & Christmas Patterns - Includes Snowglobe Ornaments, Santa Baby Booties, Gingerbread Towel Topper, C2C Pickup Truck Tree Pillow, Polar Bear C2C Blanket, and many more!

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."

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 CAKE RECIPE:

 
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/17 - "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 www.ajokeaday.com - 12/10/18:

A man walked into his psychiatrist’s office with a zucchini up his nose, a cucumber in his left ear, and a breadstick in his right ear.

He said, “Doctor, what is wrong with me?"

The psychiatrist replied, “You are not eating properly.”


DATES TO REMEMBER:

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 09, 2019 -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 11/16/18

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



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

                          Love to all, Carol

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"Never underestimate
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in the bucket."

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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

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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Twirling Dollar Bill clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html - 09/01/05

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

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