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12/20/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Il Est Né, le Divin Enfant
“Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations
for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem,
Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives.
Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery
that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.

- Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p. 196

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I remember learning this lovely old French carol in Mr. Armstrong's French 1-2 class ('61 - '62).  Or was it Mrs. Clark's French 3-4 class ('62 - '63)?  Or did we really learn to sing it??  Maybe it was just in the textbook and we never sang it in class at all.  Oh, to have my memories fully restored.....

BONUS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFDCGplSK-Q - Il Est Né, le Divin Enfant - Salt Lake Children's Choir, 2007

   C'est tres bien!


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_est_n%C3%A9,_le_divin_Enfant:

Il est né, le divin Enfant (English: He is born, the divine Child) is a traditional French Christmas carol, which was published for the first time in 1862 by R. Grosjean, organist of the Cathedral of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, in a collection of carols entitled "Airs des Noëls lorrains." The text of the carol was published for the first time in a collection of ancient carols, published in either 1875 or 1876 by Dom G. Legeay.

The text of the carol,[1] which is written in four stanzas, details the birth of Jesus and the wait of 4000 years for the event, as told by the prophets. It both observes the humility of God's birth in a stable and calls on the Kings of the Orient to attend the child...


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

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

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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;

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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


THIS DAY IN WWII:
 

December 20, 1924 - Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison.

December 20, 1941 - First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.

December 20, 1942 - Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.


THIS DAY IN 1964:

Sunday, December 20, 1964 - Mixed martial artist and wrestler Mark Coleman was born Mark Daniel Coleman in Fremont, Ohio.


          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of LA - 12/18/14 - "Brigade Jingle Run":

  My Sugar made her first 'fun run' in a formation today with the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Jingle Run...

The pace very slow (which was bad on my knee in any case) but she got to run in cadence...

Thanks coming out to support me and the Brigade, my Gorgeous Laura!

   AWW! Y'all are so very, very cute! Thank you, Brent!

   Love and Merry Christmas to you and "Your Sugar"!     

Thursday, December 18, 2014
     


    From My Children of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) AND    Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX - 12/18/14 - Merry Christmas!":

  May this time of favorite traditions be especially happy for you and yours. Merry Christmas! We miss you and hope you have a great Christmas!

Love, The Mansfields

   Thanks, Silly Babies! We love and miss y'all, too!  

   I see your new favorite tradition is to indulge in some stylin' new footwear! Pass out all the hugs and kisses for us! (Love all that Christmas red, Megan!)      

December 2014
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS SONG:

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/19/14 - "Special Treat":

http://thoughtfulwomen.org/2014/11/24/version-mary-know-beautiful-cappella-christmas-song/ - Mary, Did You Know? - Pentatonix, 2014


From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/19/14:

“I greet you at this Christmas Season, in love and fellowship, and with a prayer that our Eternal Father will look down upon you in mercy and pour out His bounteous blessings upon you.

“In these times when iniquity abounds, when there are great tribulations on the earth, when there are wars and rumors of wars, we are all in need, as never before, of the guiding and preserving care of the Lord. . . .

“. . . I now pray that at this Christmas Season, and at all times, we may center our faith in the Son of God and gain for ourselves that peace which passeth understanding.”

-  Joseph Fielding Smith
(19 July 1876 - 02 July 1972)


  From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/19/14: 

  Thanks, Margaret!
 
 


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/16/14:

   Thank you, Susan! I try to do that every day! Now that I think of it, I've always tried to do that every day!
 
 


“I am saddened to see Christmas becoming less and less about Christ and more and more about marketing and sales, parties and presents.

“And yet, 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, 1987
(b. 21 Aug 1927)


  From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/19/14: 

  Thanks again, Margaret!
 
 


From Jim Rohn's Newsletter - 12/15/14 - "Develop a plan for success with these 5 tips.":

5 Keys to Develop a Plan for Success
by Jim Rohn

When you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a strategy that will get them where they want to go, and they work that plan. It is the foundation for success.

So what are some good ideas on developing a plan that will work well and take you to the finish line powerfully and in style? Here are some major points to keep in mind:

1. Develop the right plan for you. Your plan is the one you’ll develop that is unique to you and for you. Each of us is unique and motivated by different factors, and you've got to develop one that is right for you and fits you. Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them. This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.

2. Keep a journal. Record the ideas and inspiration that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be. Take notes on the ideas that impact you most. Brainstorm with yourself on where you are going and what you want to do. Record your dreams and ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find.

3. Reflect. Create time for reflection—a time to go back over, to study again the things you've learned and the things you've done each day. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and go back over the day—who'd you talk to, who'd you see, what did they say, what happened, how'd you feel, what went on? A day is a piece of the mosaic of your life.

4. Set goals. Your plan is the roadmap for how you are going to get to your goals, so you have to have them. Setting goals is the greatest influence on a person's future and the greatest force that will pull a person in the direction that they want to go. But the future must be planned, well designed, to exert a force that pulls you towards the promise of what can be.

5. Act on your plan. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action. They aren't necessarily smarter than others; they just work the plan. All disciplines affect each other…. Everything affects everything. That's why the smallest action is important—because the value and benefits that you receive from that one little action will inspire you to do the next one and the next one. So step out and take action on your plan because if the plan is good, then the results can be miraculous.


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#8 in a series of 15)":

  Laughs for the day………..

           Thanks, Dools!

 
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#20 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 20, Bobby's New Shoes by Nancy B. Gibbs
 

Bobby's New Shoes


After receiving a gift from a kind stranger when he was a young boy, my father created his own holiday tradition.

On a cold winter morning in the late 1930s Bobby awoke early.
 
It wasn't a day that would be remembered by many, nor would it go down in history as especially important. But it was a day that Bobby would never forget.
 
Bobby, his mother, and his three younger brothers were once again abandoned by Bobby's father. When times got hard, the man who was supposed to be the head of the house left home. He couldn't handle the responsibility of a hungry family. It wasn't the first time he left, so Bobby wasn't surprised.
 
Bobby searched the bare cupboards and realized there was no food in the kitchen. His tummy was growling. So he put on the warmest clothes he had.
 
Faith is connected to hope and hope means believing in spite of the evidence and then watching the evidence change.  

He pulled on an old pair of socks and placed cardboard in his worn-out shoes. With holes in the soles, he hoped the cardboard would help keep his feet dry, at least for a little while.
 
Bobby hit the roads looking for work. He was a strong child and had worked many times before. His goal was to earn enough money to purchase food for the day along with a few cans of vegetables for Christmas dinner.
 
A few blocks from home, Bobby came across some men working on the side of the road.
 
"Can I help?" Bobby inquired.
 
"Sure," one of the men answered and tossed him a shovel. Bobby worked hard for hours. Suddenly, the rain and sleet pounded down.
 
"Here's your money," one of the men shouted, as he tossed him a few coins. "Go home and get out of this weather."
 
Bobby clutched the change in the palm of his hand. He then ran to the nearest grocery store. He used the money to buy as much food as he could afford. His socks were soaking wet. His feet were numb. While holding a small bag of groceries, Bobby stopped to adjust the cardboard in his shoes.
 
A man in uniform, a representative from The Salvation Army, witnessed Bobby's distress.
 
"Hey son," the kind gentleman said. "Are those the only shoes you have?"
 
"Yes Sir," Bobby confessed.
 
The uniformed man took Bobby and bought him a brand new pair of shoes. Bobby danced and skipped all the way home.
 
I wasn't there on that cold December day. But I've heard the story many times and could always picture my father, as a child, dancing and skipping, wearing a shiny pair of dress shoes home. Daddy often spoke about how he could see his reflection in those special shoes.
 
Several years later, Daddy joined the Navy. He continued to send money home to support his family. But Daddy always saved enough money for the Salvation Army, hoping that another little boy somewhere may receive a new pair of shoes for Christmas.
 
The tradition lasted until my father became too ill to shop. Daddy passed away six years ago.
 
It is my hope that many people will remember this story when they hear the Salvation Army bells ring at store fronts and malls all over this country. And in Daddy's memory, I pray that little children everywhere will have the opportunity to dance and skip.
 
While the new shoes kept Bobby's feet warm in the 1930s, his act of giving back for several decades warmed his heart in a much greater way.
 
Each time I drop money in a Salvation Army bucket, I remember my father, his story, and his first new pair of shoes. Then I count it as a blessing to be able to give.
 
In my mind's eye, I can see a child somewhere—dancing, skipping and wearing a new pair of dress shoes—and my heart is warmed, as well.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN:

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-snowflake-garland - Crochet Snowflake Garland Crochet Pattern


BONUS WINTER RECIPE:

http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/easy-mallow-cookies/ - Easy Cherries in the Snow Cookies
 


FINALLY:

From http://www.ahajokes.com/christmas_jokes.html:

"What is a stable?"

Every Christmas morning, when my kids were little, I read them the nativity story out of the big family bible.

When my son was old enough to talk, he asked me what a stable was.

I thought for a moment how to explain it to him in terms he could understand, then told him, "It's something like your sister's room, but without a stereo."


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 11/27/14

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802
 


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Il Est Né, le Divin Enfant


Chorus:
Il est né, le divin Enfant,
Jouez, hautbois, résonnez, musettes;
Il est né, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avènement!

Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous le promettaient les Prophetes;
Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous attendions cet heureux temps

Repeat Chorus.

Ah! qu'il est beau, qu'il est charmant,
Que ses graces sont parfaites!
Ah! qu'il est beau, qu'il est charmant,
Qu'il est doux le divin Enfant!

Repeat Chorus.

Une étable est son logement,
Un peu de paille, sa couchette,
Une étable est son logement,
Pour un Dieu, quel abaissement!

Repeat Chorus.

O Jesus! O Roi tout puissant!
Tout petit enfant que vous êtes,
O Jesus! O Roi tout puissant!
Régnez sur nous entièrement!

Repeat Chorus.



"Il Est Né le Divin Enfant" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.ylw.mmtr.or.jp/~johnkoji/hymn/xmas/Ilestne.html - 12/19/07

"Il Est Né le Divin Enfant" Image courtesy of http://www.planetforums.fr/forumsp/index.php?showtopic=19769&st=133&p=743873&#entry743873 - 12/19/07

Aqua Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.iconbazaar.com/holidays/christmas/banners/index.html - 12/19/07

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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 Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of http://www.nisd.net/marshall/ - 04/26/13

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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