|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!
|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
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, 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!
THIS DAY IN
December 20, 1942 -Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.
THIS DAY IN1964:
|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!)
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
From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/19/14:
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,
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.":
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.
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.
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………..
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
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!
WINTER CROCHET PATTERN:
BONUS WINTER RECIPE:
Easy Cherries in the Snow Cookies