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12/19/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Carol of the Bells

When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces
of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(05 Nov 1850 - 30 Oct 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   How could we celebrate the season without hearing this popular Christmas song?

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQfUgeJxpS0 - Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, Nov. 18, 2007

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvNmOc1QirY - Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2008


From http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/carol_of_the_bells_notes.htm:

"The Ukraine region of the former Soviet Union has been frequently misunderstood. Although for centuries it was more than large enough to be an independent medium-sized nation, which it now is, and had a language, alphabet, and culture distinct from the dominant Russians, the Ukrainians were often mistakenly labeled 'Russians.' This miscomprehension affected all sectors of their civilization, including the one famous contribution to the literature of carols to emanate from the Ukraine.

"The music for the very popular holiday song, 'Carol of the Bells,' was created by the Ukraine's most popular composer, Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych (1877-1921). Despite being born in Ukraine, living in Ukraine, and largely working with Ukrainian music, Leontovych and his works are more than occasionally called 'Russian.' The composition from which 'Carol of the Bells' was derived, the choral work Shchedryk, which was first performed by students at Kiev University in December 1916, has not been exempted from the mislabeling. But the Ukrainians, from one perspective, have had the last laugh in this cultural comedy of errors, for by far the best-known carol music to originate in any portion of the former Soviet Union was Leontovych's brilliant musical portrayal of the sounds of Christmas bells.

"Only 20 years after its composition, the music from Shchedryk was converted into a carol halfway around the world. Peter J. Wilhousky (1902-1978), a composer, lyricist, and conductor who worked with Arturo Toscanini on NBC radio, adapted Leontovych's music and added some lyrics....

"Since the synthesis of 'Carol of the Bells' in 1936, the song, also known as 'Ukrainian Carol,' has increasingly become a part of the celebration of Christmas in the United States....."

- William Studwell, The Christmas Carol Reader


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Durwood Adams ('57) AND Susan Bauz ('63)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliot 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;

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 to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html


THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 19, 1941 - Adolf Hitler became Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.

December 19, 1941 - Limpet mines placed by Italian divers sank the HMS Valiant (1914) and HMS Queen Elizabeth (1913) in Alexandria harbour.


THIS DAY IN 1963:

Thursday, December 19, 1963 - Actress Jennifer Beals was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday, December 19, 1963 - Actor, director, and producer Til Schweiger was born Tilman Valentin Schweiger in Freiburg, West Germany.


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 12/18/13 - "Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky on a Glass Harp":

Enjoy this short, enchanting concert.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/QdoTdG_VNV4?rel=0&iv_load_policy=3%3cbr%20/%3e&autoplay=0&wmode=transparent

   Thank you, Jimmy!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/13 - "Chicago's Magical Piano":

This one will brighten your day.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9BOTXFCpQA

Plus http://www.godvine.com/Where-is-the-Line-to-See-Jesus-fb-gv-4410.html

Joan

   Thanks so much, Joan - these were pure delights!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/18/13 - "Thought you might find this amusing":

http://www.stltoday.com/gallery/sports/baseball/professional/twas-the-night-before-a-cardinals-christmas/collection_32749c7b-ef61-5bad-bd9c-980e1a24fe9a.html#0

   AWW! Thanks, Dools!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:

http://www.free-crochet.com/detail.html?code=FC00473&cat_id=1 - Katherine Eng's Christmas Granny Afghan - "Unique pattern, very attractive."


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Hole-y-Christmas-Tree/ml/1 - "Hole y" Christmas Tree - "Out of creative ideas this holiday season? How about a Christmas tree...made of doughnuts? It's a crazy idea, but we think it works!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Cheesecakes/Frozen-Peppermint-Cheesecake-5214/ml/1 - Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake - "Wake up your taste buds with this no-bake cheesecake that explodes with big peppermint flavor. For a classic pairing, serve slices in generous puddles of rich chocolate sauce, and sit back and enjoy the raves!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Coconut-Cream-Pie-From-Mr-Food-TV-Show/ml/1 - Coconut Cream Pie - "A favorite diner dessert is luscious Coconut Cream Pie. Why go out for it when you can make this scrumptious version so easily at home?"


FINALLY:

From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes
- 12/11/11:

 
"How To Prepare For A New Cat"

1. Take cold chicken and stars soup straight from the can and splash it across the carpet and the foot of the bed and then walk in it in the dark with your socks on.

2. Set up a mouse trap at the foot of the bed each night so that if you move a toe one inch while you are sleeping, you are sure to get snapped.

3. Cover all your best suits with cat hair. Dark suits must use white hair, and light suits must use dark hair. Also, float some hair in your first cup of coffee in the morning.

4. Put everything cat-toy sized into a water bowl to marinate.

5. Practice cutting your chicken into teeny tiny bites so that when they steal, it won't be the whole breast.

6. Tip over a basket of clean laundry, and scatter clothing all over the floor.

7. Leave your underwear on the living room floor, because that's where the cat will drag it anyway (especially when you have company).

8. Jump out of your chair shortly before the end of your favorite TV program and run to the TV shouting, "No! No! Don't chew on the electric cord!" Miss the end of the program.

9. Put chocolate pudding on the carpet in the corner of the living room in the morning and don't try to clean it up until you return from work that evening.

10. Gouge the surface of the dining room table several times with an exacto knife. It's going to get scratched anyway.

11. Practice searching every closet and open cabinet door before you shut it.

12. Knock all small items off your kitchen counter.

13. Chew the eraser off every pencil in the house.

14. Take a fork and shred the roll of toilet paper while it's still hanging up. Pull a few sheets off and scatter them around the bathroom.

15. Take a staple remover and punch two holes in every scrap of paper around the house.

16. Get a litter tray without a lid and mix in some tootsie rolls with cat litter and then tip it over right before the company comes. Make sure your guests get to find this before you do.

17. Buy a mixed bag of cat toys and stuff them under the refrigerator. Practice getting up at 2 AM and fishing them out with a ruler or broom stick.

18. Take a warm cuddly blanket out of the dryer and immediately wrap it around yourself. This is the feeling you will get when your new cat falls asleep on your lap.

 


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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:

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Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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


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Carol of the Bells

Lyrics and Music: Adapted by Peter J. Wilhousky, copyright 1936,
from original by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, 1916

 

Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
"Throw cares away."
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From ev'rywhere
Filling the air

Oh, how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale,
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas

On, on they send
On without end
Their joyful tone
To ev'ry home

Ding, dong, ding, dong.


"Carol of the Bells" midi courtesy of http://www.christiananswers.net/midimenu.html - 11/26/05

"Carol of the Bells" lyrics courtesy of http://www.christmas-carols.net/carols/carol-of-bells.html - 12/19/05

Christmas Bells title clip art courtesy of http://www.christmasgifts.com/christmasclipart07v.html - 12/25/09 (sic)

 Gold Bells and Branch and Bells Divider Lines clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Xmas5.html - 12/18/04

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06 

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!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/0

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

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