12/18/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Love Came Down at Christmas
(Fourth Sunday in Advent)
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love one another.
DearFriends and Schoolmates,
Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Love. In the last dozen years we've never used Love Came Down at Christmas as a theme. I'm not positive, but I think I learned the carol as a child at Trinity Methodist Church. At any rate, it popped instantly into my mind. I hadn't realized Christina Rossetti's sweet and simple poem had been set to music by at least four different composers, but this version is the gentle tune I remembered. I hope you enjoy it.
BONUS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0-rt-i7SEg - Love Came Down at Christmas - Matt Oltman and CORO Vocal Artists
|"Love Came Down at Christmas" is a
Christina Rossetti. It was first published without a title in
Time Flies: A Reading Diary in 1885. It was later included in the
collection Verses in 1893 under the title "Christmastide".
The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton". More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs. American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus. A new setting by the British composer David J Loxley-Blount was performed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 December 2014 by the Financial Times Choir conducted by Paul Ayres. It was repeated by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on 11 December 2014.
Studwell describes the poem as "simple, direct and sincere" and notes that it is a rare example of a carol which has overcome the disadvantage of "not having a tune (or two or three) which has caught the imagination of holiday audiences..."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
December 18, 1916 -
World War I: The
Battle of Verdun ended when German forces under
Chief of staff
Erich von Falkenhayn were defeated by the French, and suffered
THIS DAY IN
December 18, 1939 -
December 18, 1939 -The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, took place.
|THIS DAY IN 1966:|
|Sunday, December 18, 1966 - Saturn's moon Epimetheus was discovered by astronomer Richard Walker.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/17/14: -
Thomas S. Monson,
Thanks so much, Susan!
“As we seek Christ,
as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit,
not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall
learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater
benefit of others.”
(b. 21 Aug 1927)
Thomas S. Monson,
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/17/16 - " Chip Clark (20 Aug 1947 - 12 June 2010): Celebrating 100 Years":
|I was just web surfing and look
what I found.
OHHH, thank you so much, Malcolm! It's my darlin' Chippy - my oldest and dearest friend! Someday when I have at least a fortnight to cry, I shall click on those links and listen to his voice again. That day is not today, of course, but someday soon, I shall give that a try. Meanwhile, I've added it to Chip's Memorial Newsletter:
people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can
(b. 04 Mar 1927)
From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#28 in a series of 30)":
|MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/16 - "Are we having fun yet with Santa? (#8 in a series of 19)":
BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:
From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/07/14
- "Daily Christmas Story (#18 in a Series of 24)":
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN:
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Gooey-Amish-Caramel-Pie/ml/1 - Gooey Amish Caramel Pie - "Got a sweet tooth? If you do, then our Gooey Amish Caramel Pie may just satisfy your cravings. The rich sweetness of the caramel mixed with the crunchy pecans goes perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side."
http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Cherry-Nut-Cobbler/ml/1 - Cherry Nut Cobbler- "Be ready for loads of compliments when you serve up this yummy Cherry Nut Cobbler. Lots of shortcuts make it easy for you, but they'll never know that you didn't really fuss!"
Me ('65) of NC - 12/17/15:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/17/16:
"Love Came Down at Christmas" lyrics courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Came_Down_at_Christmas - 12/17/16
Fourth Sunday of
Advent (LOVE) Image courtesy of
https://greenhillpc.wordpress.com/2014 - 11/26/16
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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