12/16/16 - NNHS Newsletter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
“Whatever else be
lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
- Grace Noll Crowell
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The beloved Christmas song for today's Newsletter was chosen specifically for its ability to create warm fuzzies.
BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yudgy30Dd68 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis
BONUS #2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ6yQgBvuoI - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
|"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced
Judy Garland in the 1944
Meet Me in St. Louis.
Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which
has become more common than the original. The song was written by
Hugh Martin and
Ralph Blane. In 2007,
ASCAP ranked "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" the third most
Christmas song during the preceding five years that had been written
by ASCAP members.
The song was written while Martin was vacationing in a house in the neighborhood of Southside in Birmingham, Alabama, that his father Hugh Martin designed for his mother as a honeymoon cottage. Located at 1919 South 15th Avenue, (just down the street from his birthplace at 1900 South 14th Avenue) the house became the home of Martin and his family in 1923. The song first appeared in a scene in Meet Me in St. Louis, in which a family is distraught by the father's plans to move to New York City for a job promotion, leaving behind their beloved home in St. Louis, Missouri, just before the long-anticipated 1904 World's Fair begins. In a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland's character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien.
Some of the original lyrics that were penned by Martin were rejected before the show began. They were: "Have yourself a merry little Christmas / It may be your last/ Next year we may all be living in the past / Have yourself a merry little Christmas / Pop that champagne cork / Next year we may all be living in New York." When presented with the original draft lyric, Garland, her co-star Tom Drake and director Vincente Minnelli criticized the song as depressing, and asked Martin to change the lyrics. Though he initially resisted, Martin made several changes to make the song more upbeat. For example, the lines "It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past" became "Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight". Garland's version of the song, which was also released as a single by Decca Records, became popular among United States troops serving in World War II; her performance at the Hollywood Canteen brought many soldiers to tears.
In 1957, Frank Sinatra asked Martin to revise the line "Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow." He told Martin, "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?" Martin's new line was "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough." Martin made several other alterations, changing the song's focus to a celebration of present happiness, rather than anticipation of a better future. On The Judy Garland Show Christmas Special, Judy sings the song to her children Joey and Lorna Luft with Sinatra's alternate lyrics.
The lyrics Judy Garland sang in Meet Me in St. Louis have been recorded with only slight variations by a number of artists, including Sinatra himself (in 1950 and 1963 single recordings), Doris Day (in The Doris Day Christmas Album), Ella Fitzgerald (in Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas), James Taylor (in October Road) and Luther Vandross (in This Is Christmas)...
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 ANDJoyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA! !
Many Happy Returns, One and 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.
THIS DAY IN 1966:
Friday, December 16, 1966 - Golfer Paul McGinley was born Paul Noel McGinley in Dublin, Ireland.
Friday, December 16, 1966 - Basketball playerClifford Robinson was born Clifford Ralph Robinson in Buffalo, New York.
Friday, December 16, 1966 -
and manager Dennis
Wise was born
Dennis Frank Wise in
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/15/15: -
Thomas S. Monson
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA -
12/15/16 - "Just for you and your friends":
Thank you, Dearest Judy!
was simply - and not so simply - beautiful!
- Joe E. Lewis
“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.”
(b. 21 Aug 1927)
This gave me chills. While
we enjoy our Christmas activities and all that we have
been blessed with, let’s remember that so many have huge
challenges they are facing. This man is wise enough to
use his talent God gave him.
Martin Hurkins is a man who was a baker in Holland for 35 years until 2010, when he lost his job and turned to street singing to support his family.
distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink.”
(12 Jan 1902 - 04 June 1971)
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/15/15:
Thomas S. Monson
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/15/16 - "Just for you and your friends":
Thank you, Dearest Judy! That was simply - and not so simply - beautiful!
- Joe E. Lewis
|MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/16 - "Are we having fun yet with Santa? (#6 in a series of 19)":
*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.
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:
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 Me ('65) of NC - 12/15/12:
I've had this recipe since 1968. Despite the name and the strange ingredients, they are uber-delicious, and the recipe makes enough to feed the Army and the Royal Navy.
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
5 cups sifted flour
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vinegar into small pan and bring almost to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then stir in eggs. Sift together remaining ingredients and stir into butter mixture, blending well. Chill overnight. Divide into 8 or 9 equal portions and roll each out very thin on floured board. Cut into diamond (or any other) shapes and bake on greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 7 or 8 minutes. Makes about 225 3" cookies. Store in loosely covered jar in dry place so cookies will remain crisp. They will keep for a long time.
- Winifred Jardine, Salt Lake City, UT
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/15/16:
|December is the month when the kids begin to
discuss what to get Dad for Christmas.
Some insist on a shirt.
Others insist on a pair of socks.
The argument always ends in a tie.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/12/16
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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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Hugh Martin (b. 11 Aug 1914) and Ralph Blane (26 July 1914 - 13 Nov 1995), 1943
for Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.
Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.
Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star
upon the highest bough.
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas” midi courtesy of
http://www.freemidi.org/download/4612.html - 12/14/04
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of http://www.christmas-carols.net/carols/have-yourself-merry-little.html - 12/14/04
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08
Animated Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 12/04/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
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
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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