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12/16/21 - NNHS Newsletter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering;
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.”

- Grace Noll Crowell
(31 Oct 1877 - 31 Mar 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The beloved Christmas song for today's Newsletter was chosen specifically for its ability to create warm fuzzies.

BONUS #1 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis

BONUS #2 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra


"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical 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 performed Christmas song during the preceding five years that had been written by ASCAP members.[3]

The song was written while Martin was vacationing in a house in the neighborhood of Southside in Birmingham, Alabama, that his father Hugh Martin[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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."[7] 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.[1] 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".[1] 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.[8]

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?"[1] 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.[9]

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)...[1]


   Happy Birthday today to   The late Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) (d. 05 Mar 2020)!

   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) (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;

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, One and All!


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

December 16, 1941 - Japanese forces occupied Miri, Sarawak.

December 16, 1941 - The Japanese super-battleship IJN Yamato was commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy and transferred the title of Flagship from IJN Nagato.

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.


December 16, 1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The ceasefire of the Pakistan Army brought an end to both conflicts. This is commemorated annually as Victory Day in Bangladesh, and as Vijay Diwas in India.

December 16, 1971 - The United Kingdom recognized Bahrain's independence, which is commemorated annually as Bahrain's National Day.

December 16, 1971 - Poet and sociologist Seyhan Kurt was born in Grenoble, Isère, France.

December 16, 1971 - R&B singer Michael McCary was born Michael Sean McCary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2012)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/16/17:

   Thank you, Joan!


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/16/19, @ 8:30 AM - "THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: A Wonderful Life for Everyone":

  One of the things I love to do in the days leading up to Christmas is to watch some of the old traditional Christmas movies. They always provide a great example of the importance of leading a kind and honest life and at the end I am always left with a warm feeling about Christmas and what it is really all about. Okay, you can call me corny if you want to, but a story with real meaning and a good moral foundation is something we need very much in this day and of all the old movies, none expresses that better than the classic, It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. They made quite the great couple and the movie provides a great example of how stresses and strains from sources external to the family can create so much difficulty with the potential to wreck a good marriage and possibly lead to the end of a life in despair.
No one could have done George Bailey better than Jimmy Stewart. An artist's rendition of mystical Bedford Falls

Those of us who were born into the baby boomer era know the story well. The 1946 film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on a 1939 short story by Philip Van Doren Stern was a household regular to watch at Christmastime. While many of us know it well, for those younger who don’t I’ll just say that the incomparable Jimmy Stewart played the part of George Bailey, a man who sacrificed his future to keep the Bailey Brothers Building and Loan alive after the untimely death of his father, all to the chagrin of a greedy man, Mr. Potter, a man who worked hard to make the lending establishment fail. His chance comes when Uncle Billy, George’s uncle, misplaces a large cash-filled envelope on the way to deposit in the bank owned by Mr. Potter, a man who had amassed a fortune by buying out everything in town, finds the money, fails to return it and holds it. Meanwhile, it happens at a time when the bank examiner is there and Bailey and Bailey, son and uncle, face not only default but also criminal charges for which George, as a man who has devoted his life to the business and the town of Bedford Falls, accepts responsibility. Things continue to slide downhill as he faces what it looks like will come and finally comes to a head. George contemplates suicide by jumping off a bridge on a snowy night, but the guardian angel Clarence appears, makes George come to his senses by showing him what life in the town would have been had he never been born, and the townspeople come to the rescue to keep the building and loan solvent.

Is it a fantasy? It most certainly is, but it shows how a good man who has spent his entire life sacrificing so much of himself for those who need him, can come back from what seems like sure destruction with a big dose of faith. It’s an old fashioned yet beautiful story and it sends a wondrous message to all of us for Christmas in a world that needs redemption and forgiveness so much. If you watch it with an open heart and ears that listen closely and eyes that stay glued to the story, it is my guess that it will become a regular annual affair as part of your Christmas as well. And remember, the Lord works in mysterious ways, even using an old-fashioned movie at Christmastime to show us what is really important. Merry Christmas to all, in Bedford Falls and everywhere. And to Clarence, George’s guardian angel, I hope you are enjoying your wings.

    Thank you so much, Jimmy!  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/15/18:


From Barbara Hedrick ('66) of WV - 12/15/21, 5:08 PM:

    Thanks, Barbara!

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

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


Michele Maks' 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."


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! 


From - 12/16/16:

Eighty-year-old Bessie burst into the recreation room of the retirement home.

She held her clenched fist in the air and announced, "Anyone who can guess what's in my hand can take me out to dinner tonight!"

A witty elderly gentleman in the rear shouted out, "An elephant?"

Bessie thought a minute and replied, "Close enough!"

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





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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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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
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 - 12/14/04

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of - 12/14/04
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08
Thanks, Renee!

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!

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!

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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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