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12/16/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Little Town of Bethlehem

“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant
by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling
to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”

- Lucinda Franks
http://www.yourtango.com/2006150/love-learn-lucinda-franks.html?alt=1

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Christmas carol, soft and gentle, is one of my very favorites.

BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19rL_8W3oRU - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Nat King Cole

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dz-rcYf-Yo&NR=1 - O Little Town of Bethlehem - beautifully gentle instrumental version, with equally nice visuals

BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQKwZRR4mcI - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Frank Sinatra, 1948

BONUS #4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj2fwME46GM - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012

BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyPMDD8fGeA - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Sarah McLachlan

BONUS #6 -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1BIuOSS7KM - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Jim Reeves

BONUS #7 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sStkm00UODY - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Barbra Streisand


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday today to     Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND The late    Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14);

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

21 -   Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) 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;

23 -     Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND     Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 16, 1938 - Adolf Hitler instituted the Cross of Honor of the German Mother.

December 16, 1941 - World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak.

December 16, 1942 - Holocaust: Porajmos Heinrich Himmler ordered that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

December 16, 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.

http://www.mm.com/user/jpk/battle.htm

http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/7-8/7-8_CONT.HTM  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bulge/

http://www.battleofthebulge.org/

http://www.criba.be/


THIS DAY IN 1965:
Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sent U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Baseball player and manager Chris Jones was born Christopher Carlos Jones in Utica, New York.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Lawyer and activist Melanie Sloan was born in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Actress and producer Nancy Valen was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Playwright, novelist, and short story writer W. Somerset Maugham (b. William Somerset Maugham on 25 Jan 1874 in UK Embassy, Paris, France) died in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France at the age of 91. 


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/15/15:

“Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christmas.”

- Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

    Thanks so much, Susan!


        From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/15/15 - "New Christmas song - Don't go Christmas Shopping until you watch this video...well done":

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!

New Christmas Song

Don't go CHRISTMAS shopping until you watch this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ln01p1M2cH0

   Thank you, John Darlin'! Merry Christmas to you, too!



BAH HUMBUG POLL:

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/15/15 - "RE: Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":

Carol, 

This is TOO funny!  You have such a way of expressing your true feelings...AND I LOVE IT! I get such a good laugh from your emails like this!!! 
 
For my top five...I'm going to have to dig deep in my cobwebs!! So here's my attempt!! 
 
1. Santa Baby - by Madonna - Why was she thinking this would be cute singing like Betty Boop?  Really?
 
2. O Holy Night - by Christine Aguilera - It could have been a moment for her to shine... It became an exercise in overdone and overwrought vocal runs. She just absolutely BUTCHERS this!   
 
3. Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas - by John Denver - Perhaps this should be #1! What was he thinking when he sang this song...Oh yes...an absolute must for Christmas. I've only heard this song once...and that was ONE TOO MANY TIMES! Just SHOOT ME! 
 
4Wonderful Christmas Time - by Wham! -The only lyrics in this song are "simply having a wonderful Christmas time", and they sang it on repeat for 16 minutes...or so it seems!  OK...there may be a few more lyrics but not that many! 
 
5. Mary, Did You Know - by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna - OK...before you get your panties all in a wad hear me out! While I love some of Kenny Rogers and Wynonna songs, this does not make my list of top favorites by them!  I have a problem with the lyrics too...because I believe that Mary did know what the Savior would do for us all.  
 
So there's my two cents worth...for whatever that is worth!  I must get back to doing important things now...like figuring out what my next project will be!! LOL! 
 
As you were!! 
Susan
  
   Thank you so much, Susan! These are delightful!

   What was I thinking?!? That horrible, odious Wonderful Christmas Time should have been #3 on my own list! It makes me want to scream. You DO know how loudly I can scream, doncha?
 


From My Friend, Andrew, of UT - 12/15/15 - "RE: Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":

What Christmas songs get on your nerves the most? Which ones just grate on your soul when they come on in the car, the grocery store, etc?
Here're my top 3:

3. "Little Drummer Boy" — Justin Bieber ft. Busta Rhymes
The classic version of this song itself is already pedestrian and monotonous at best. Now add some lazily-produced beats, infantile "rap" lyrics and voila!

2. "Hey Santa" — Carnie and Wendy Wilson
How the children of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson are capable of such uninspired drivel is a head-scratcher for sure.

1. "Christmas Shoes" — Some dude
First off, this song is manipulative. There's nothing to suggest that this kid isn't just conning some well-intentioned folks into buying his mom's Christmas present for him.
Also, the sickeningly saccharine sentimentality here is beyond nauseating. This song is the "Butterfly Kisses" of Christmas songs.

Honorable Mentions:
• "Do They Know It's Christmas?" — British Eighties Pop Stars
Charity money raised notwithstanding, how condescending and musically lazy can you be, British Eighties Pop Stars?

• "Mary, Did You Know?" — Michael English (originally)
Mary knew, dude. An angel told her. We don't need to awkwardly quiz her...
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And there you have it!
 
   Thank you, Andrew! These are certainly interesting and worthy choices!! 

   The doctrinal issues with Mary, Did You Know? don't disturb me as much as they do you and Susan; I can think of many others in the same vein (and worse!), but artistically I think Pentatonix blew everyone else out of the water:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE
 


  From Jinks Cockatiel Nowitzky (a.k.a. "Birdie") of NC, Friend of     the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 12/15/15 - "RE: Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":

1. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas - - ♫♪ SQUAWWK!! SQUAWWWK!!! ♫♪

2. Elvis Presley - White Christmas - - ♫♪ SQUAWK! ♫♪


   Thank you, Birdie! It would appear that you're not a big Elvis fan!
 

   Your turn!



From My Friend, Emily, of NC - 12/15/15:

Live a Life That Matters

"Click" on the first picture when it appears, and then it will automatically continue from there.

This is a beautiful and powerful e-mail. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
CLICK below:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/89476173
 
  OOH! Thank you so much, Miss Emily!


“I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink.”

- Joe E. Lewis
(12 Jan 1902 - 04 June 1971)


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

  From Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA - 12/08/09 - "Adventure With Grandma":

*Adventure With Grandma*

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus!" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous, cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it.

I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes," I replied shyly. "It's .... for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) and wrote on the package, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" -- Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the tag tucked inside: $19.95.

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He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.

     Thank you so very much, Carol!


BONUS CHRISTMAS GIFT CROCHET PATTERNS:

Three Tone Hat - "Enjoy working this creative stitch pattern with the perfect face-framing striped brim. Crochet it to give as gifts in colors to please them or in colors that just feel good to you."

Bright Striped Wristers - "Try a daring color to brighten up a trendy pair of wristers. Only you will know how easily they were crocheted and how practical they are in keeping hands warm and fingers free to do more crocheting!"

Puppy Mug Hug - "Here's a clever, crocheted mug hug that is a fun gift for animal lovers of any age. It will encourage kids to drink their milk or keep drinks warm for older folks. Made with easy-care yarn, you can wash it often and it will stay looking great."


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

Chocolate Almond Bark - "Chocolate Almond Bark is a classic sweet snack that is so simple to make. Make a pan of almond bark, break it up, wrap it in colorful plastic wrap and tie it with ribbon for a great anytime gift."
 

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/09 - "Brittle":

Nut Brittle

2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1/3  cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons honey
3 cups nuts (any kind or mix them, it's all good!!)

Spread a long piece of foil out on your counter top (about 20 inches long.)  Spray very lightly with cooking spray (any brand will do).   Melt butter in large saucepan.  Stir in sugar and stir till dissolved.  Add honey, syrup and nuts.  Now set your timer for 12 minutes and stir often or continuously till the time is up.  Pour mixture out  and spread quickly and very thin.  Let cool 5 minutes, then score with a sharp knife.  When completely cooled (about 1 hour, break into desired size pieces.  Make sure it is thoroughly cooled before storing in containers or it will stick together.  Store on a cool area.  Really easy recipe!!

 Joyce Cahoon
 
   OH, YUM! Thanks again, Joyce! 


FINALLY:


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/15/09:
 
Christmas Bonus

Ten signs you're not getting a Christmas bonus:

10. Co-workers refer to you as "the ghost of unemployment future"

9. The last time you saw your boss was when he testified against you at the embezzlement trial

8. On your door, you find a lovely wreath of pink slips

7. What you call "my new office," everybody else calls "the supply closet"

6. Boss's Christmas card says, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out"

5. You keep getting memos reminding you that employees are required to wear pants

4. When your boss came over for Thanksgiving, he was crushed under an avalanche of stolen office supplies

3. Whenever you ask for a raise, a guy shows up at your house and breaks your jaw

2. In your most recent performance evaluation, the word "terrible" appeared 78 times

1. You're the starting quarterback for the New York Jets


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 12/05/15

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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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048


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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Lyrics by Phillips Brooks, 1868
(13 Dec 1835 - 23 Jan 1893)

Music ("St. Louis") by Lewis Redner, 1868
(15 Dec 1831 - 29 Aug 1908)


O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!



 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" midi courtesy of  http://www.christiananswers.net/midimenu.html - 12/03/05

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" lyrics and additional history courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/l/olittle.htm - 12/10/05 

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" postcard courtesy of http://www.all-yours.net/c/gallery/2957.html - 12/10/05 

Blue Jewels Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html - 04/07/05

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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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