12/15/20 - NNHS Newsletter - The Holly and the Ivy
“False friendship, like the ivy, decays
and ruins the walls it embraces;
but true friendship gives new life and
animation to the object it supports.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The theme for today's Newsletter keeps running through my mind, so I might as well share it with y'all again.
BONUS #1 - The Holly and the Ivy - Mediaeval Baebes - sing-along version
BONUS #2 - The Holly and the Ivy - King's College Cambridge, 2008
BONUS #3 - The Holly and the Ivy - Free Sheet Music for Piano (click on "Listen")
|"The Holly and the Ivy" is an English traditional Christmas carol. "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts" (Roud 2004). Holly and ivy also figure in the lyrics of the "Sans Day Carol". The music and most of the text was first published by Cecil Sharp. Sir Henry Walford Davies wrote a popular choral arrangement that is often performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and by choirs around the world.|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND Buster Vest ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) (d. 05 Mar 2020)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND the late Elliott Schlosser ('63) (d. 05/27/20) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
|750 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN
December 15, 1941 -
troops executed over 15,000
Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of
December 15, 1942 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse began during the Guadalcanal campaign.
December 15, 1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn
Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to
Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.
|THIS DAY IN 1970:|
|December 15, 1970 - Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully landed on Venus. It was the first successful soft landing on another planet.|
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/13/14:
|“Jesus . . .
descended below all things that he might rise above all things and
comprehend all things. No man descended lower than the Savior of the
world. Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, he travelled from there to
the cross through suffering mingled with blood to a throne of grace; and
in all his life there was nothing of an earthly nature that seemed to be
worth possessing. His whole life was passed in poverty, suffering, pain,
affliction, labor, prayer, mourning and sorrow until he gave up the
ghost on the cross. Still he was God's firstborn son and the Redeemer of
Thanks so much, Daniel!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/15/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
BAH HUMBUG POLL:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/14/15 - "Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":
I love Christmas
carols and songs, probably much more so than most people.....
There are, however, a few songs out there which simply drive me up the wall, and I think chances are excellent that there are some which affect you in the same way. I doubt they are really the same ones so, wondering which ones were your top five, I thought it would be fun to share. Remember, these are just opinions. One man's ecstasy is another's exasperation. I'll begin:
1. Taylor Swift - Last Christmas - Someone please restrain me; I have a very strong urge to wring her neck. No, on second thought, lemme at her.
2. Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bruce, how can I say this politely? Just. Shut. UP!!!
3. John Lennon - So This Is Christmas - My daughter assures me I am interpreting this exactly backward from its true intent, but it sounds condescending and highly disrespectful to me. Sorry, I can't seem to drop that thought. So shoot me, just don't inflict that song on me again.
4. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here - I know my selection of this borders on heresy, and that this beloved theme song to the Charlie Brown Christmas Special is supposed to be soothing and gentle, but it makes me want to throw things. It reminds me of wimpy soft rock music, which I cannot abide. If you want to rock, put on some Metallica, crank up the volume, and quit being a jerk. If you want it to be beautiful, let's hear from Frank Sinatra and the rest of the crooners singing ballads.
5. Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad - This song has been on the top of my list for many, many years. The fact that it's been demoted to fifth place shows you just how annoying I find those other four songs. It could have been a good song, if it had, oh, I dunno, some more actual lyrics, and another singer whose voice didn't grate so hard on the nerves. I would have nominated Julio Iglesias, but no one asked me.
From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/14/14 - "Giving - assisted by gravity":
In a world filled with cynicism and worse, I think the attached worthy of a few minutes of your time...especially during Christmas season. Not because I crafted it, but just because. You'll see...
you so very much, Bill!
The word has become grossly
overused, but that man is one amazing individual!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From My Friend, Holly, of NC - 12/14/15:
|AMEN! Thank you, Holly!|
From Alton Jones ('66) of FL and NC - 12/13/20, 10:42 AM:
|Ok, Ok, I’m sorry for this one too ...|
is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.”
(01 June 1926 - o5 Aug 1962)
My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/11/20, 9:56 AM -
"Wishing You & Yours A Wonderful Christmas!" (#4 in a Series of
BONUS CHRISTMAS GIFT CROCHET PATTERNS: