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12/14/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

The earth has grown old with its burden of care,
But at Christmas it always is young
.”

- Phillips Brooks
(13 Dec 1835 - 23 Jan 1893)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is another sentimental favorite - well, of mine, anyway!

BONUS #1 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby

BONUS #2 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #3 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters, 1951


From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It's_Beginning_to_Look_a_Lot_Like_Christmas;

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas". The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 10, 1951, and released on RCA Victor as 47-4314 (45 rpm) and 20-4314 (78 rpm). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played.

A popular belief in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, holds that Willson wrote the song while staying in Yarmouth's Grand Hotel.[1] The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well..."; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel, which still operates in a newer building on the same site as the old hotel.[2]

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" was later incorporated into the pre-Broadway version of the score of Willson's 1963 musical Here's Love and can be heard on that show's original cast recording, where it is sung in counterpoint to a new melody and lyric, "Pinecones and Holly Berries..."


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND  Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND     Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND  the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14);

20 -  Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;

21 -  Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 14, 1939 - Winter War: The Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.

December 14, 1941 - Japan signed a treaty of alliance with Thailand.

December 14, 1945 -
Josef Kramer, known as "the beast of Belsen," and 10 others were executed in Hamelin for the crimes they committed at the Belsen and Auschwitz Nazi concentration camps.

December 14, 1999 - U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers.


THIS DAY IN 1970:

December 14, 1970 - Singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer Anna Maria Jopek was born in Warsaw, Poland.

December 14, 1970 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Beth Orton was born Elizabeth Caroline Orton in East Dereham, Norfolk, England.

December 14, 1970 - The, German Reich Minister of Justice, Franz Schlegelberger (b. Louis Rudolph Franz Schlegelberger on 23 Oct 1876 in Königsberg, Province of East Prussia, German Empire), died in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany at the age of 94.


“Here is something more than a babe in a manger; here is the creator of all that is good and beautiful. I have looked at majestic mountains rising high against the blue sky and thought of Jesus, the creator of heaven and earth. I have stood on the sand of an island in the Pacific and watched the dawn rise like thunder--a ball of gold surrounded by clouds of pink and white and purple--and thought of Jesus, the Word by whom all things were made and without whom was not anything made that was made. I have seen a beautiful child--bright-eyed, innocent, loving, and trusting--and marveled at the majesty and miracle of creation. What then shall we do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

- Gordon B. Hinckley, December, 1983
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/14/17:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


From Alton Jones ('66) of FL and NC - 12/13/20, 10:35 AM:

  ... apologies to W. Shakespeare ...

    Thanks, Alton!

 
 


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/13/16:

       SUPER PLAN! Thank you, Jean! This takes on even more meaning during this pandemic than it had when you shared it with us four years ago!   
 
 


From My Friend, Ann, of MO - 12/12/20, 7:46 AM:

   Definitely...

       EXACTAMUNDO! Thanks, Ann!

 
 


“ A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

- Steve Martin
(b. 14 Aug 1945)


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/11/20, 9:56 AM - "Wishing You & Yours A Wonderful Christmas!" (#3 in a Series of 7):

  OOH! Thank you, Shari!
 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT:

How to Make a Bow


BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN:

Sandy Harris' Holiday Snowflake Scarf  - "RED HEART Holiday is used for this beautiful Holiday Snowflake Scarf. A free crochet scarf pattern like this is a great Christmas crochet pattern. You can make a scarf or even continue with the pattern to make some fun garland."


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

   From Me ('65) of NC - 12/13/16:

   This is one of my paternal grandmother's recipes.

Sudie's Brown Sugar Drops
 

1 egg, well beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cup medium fine chopped walnuts
  
   Stir together beaten egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Stir in flour, soda, and salt.  Add walnuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased and floured cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 7 - 9 minutes, or just until cookies start to brown at the edge.  Do not overbake.  Remove immediately to cooling rack.  Make about 4 dozen.

                                                       - Ursula Tuck Buckley, Richmond, VA
 



DOTTIE'S FAMOUS OATMEAL CAKE

 
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine oats and boiling water in a small bowl and let stand 20 minutes.  In a large bowl, cream thoroughly shortening and sugars.  Add beaten eggs.  Beat well at medium speed.  Add dry ingredients and blend.  Stir in oatmeal.  Bake in greased pan (12" x 9" x3") for 35 minutes in oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Allow to cool thoroughly before applying topping. 
 


OATMEAL CAKE TOPPING
 
  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 3/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mix together in order given.  With a knife, spread sparingly on thoroughly cooled cake. 
Optional: If desired, place topped cake under broiler until bubbles form and topping is VERY slightly brown. 
 
                                                                                         - Dottie Berck, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1963
 


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/13/16:

Everyone's heard of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as the ninth reindeer, but many people don't know that there is a tenth one whose name was Olive.

"Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names..."


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/20/20

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

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

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Words and Music by Meredith Willson, 1951
(18 May 1902 - 15 June 1984)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in ev'ry store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart. 


 "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" midi courtesy of http://www.christiananswers.net/midimenu.html - 11/26/05

 "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" lyrics courtesy of http://www.always-safe.com/look.html - 12/06/05

Wreath clip art courtesy of http://my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis/Christmas/looklike.html - 12/06/05

 Candy Cane Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ4.htm - 12/06/05

Bird House by the Snowy Fence Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ23.htm - 12/06/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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

Animated Dancing Oldsters clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 09/09/06
Thanks, Al!

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of http://www.clker.com/clipart-brightidea-2.html - 10/30/12

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 Ape clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/08/06
Thanks, Al!

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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