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12/11/19 - NNHS Newsletter
The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here

“Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass
by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it,
and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.”

- Psalms 80:12 - 13

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Now it's time again for something a bit more obscure.....



...This carol is contained in a manuscript, formerly in the possession of Ritson, the antiquary, but now preserved amongst the additional manuscripts in the British Museum, which was written in the reign of Henry VIII [1491-1547]. In addition to the words, the manuscript gives the music written for the carol, by a composer named Richard Smert, called elsewhere in the same manuscript, "Ricard Smert de Plymptre." This is in two parts (soprano and alto), with a chorus of three parts (soprano and two altos), and has been printed in John Stafford Smith's "Musica Antiqua," i. 22. The name of the author of the words is not recorded. Ritson, who printed the carol in his "Ancient Songs and Ballads," says, "Nowel, Nowel (the old French name for Christmas), and a great cry at that period, was the usual burden to these sort of things. It was likewise the name of this sort of composition, which is equally ancient and popular. Books of carols were cried about the streets of Paris in the thirteenth century. "Noel, Noel, à moult grant cris.'"


  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 -   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;

18 - James Strickland ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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.


   It was 65 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.


December 11, 1969 - Chess player Viswanathan Anand was born in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

December 11, 1969 - Footballer and manager Stig Inge Bjørnebye was born in Elverum, Norway.

December 11, 1969 - Actor, director, and screenwriter Max Martini was born Maximilian Carlo Martini in Woodstock, New York or Kingston, New York.

December 11, 1969 - Footballer and manager Alessandro Melli was born in Agrigento, Italy.

“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 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 - 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:

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

  COOLThank you, Shari!


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!"


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.


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


From - 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.”


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.

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   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





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

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The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here

Alternate Title: The Exeter Boar's Head Carol

Words: English Traditional, Temp. Henry VII or VIII

 Music: Richard Smert, 15th Century

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Tidings good I think to tell.

1. A boar's head, that we bring here,
Betokeneth a prince without peer
Is born this day
1 to buy us dear,

2. A boar is a sovereign beast,
And acceptable in every feast;
So might this Lord be to most
2 and least,

3. The boar's head we bring with song,
In worship of Him that thus sprung
3 a Virgin to redress all wrong;


1. Or to-day. Return

2. Greatest. Return

3. Or From. Return

"The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here" midi and lyrics courtesy
of - 12/10/12

Image of Boar's Head Festival courtesy of - 12/10/12

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Poinsettia Divider Line 972 clip art courtesy of ?? - 09/18/11

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

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!

Twirling Dollar Bill clip art courtesy of - 09/01/05

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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