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12/20/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Come, All Ye Faithful

“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving
and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble
heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.”

- Frank McKibben

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter's theme is one of my very favorites. I memorized all three verses when I was five years old.  A couple of years later I taught myself the alto part as well. Back in the early '80s when we and our (then) five little boys went on trips in our 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate station wagon, we would sing Christmas carols (summer OR winter!) at the top of our lungs as we drove down the highways. We always began with this one - all three verses.

   I hope you'll enjoy all seven versions I selected - my gift to you:

BONUS #1 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - King's College Choir, 1983

BONUS #2 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Anne Murray

BONUS #3 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Libera, December 25, 2007

BONUS #4 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Casting Crowns, 2008

BONUS #5 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Celtic Woman, 2009

BONUS #6 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban, 2010 (no video, just that gorgeous baritone voice)

BONUS #7 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012


"Adeste Fideles" is a Christmas carol which for some time has been attributed to John Francis Wade in the English-speaking world.[1] However, many other possible authors exist.

The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is widespread in most English speaking countries.[2]

Besides John Francis Wade, the tune has been purported to be written by several musicians, from John Reading and his son to Handel and even Gluck, including the Portuguese composers Marcos Portugal or the king John IV of Portugal himself. Thomas Arne, whom Wade knew, is another possible composer.[3] There are several similar musical themes written around that time, though it can be hard to determine whether these were written in imitation of the hymn, the hymn was based on them, or they are totally unconnected.

The earliest existing manuscript shows both words and tune. John Francis Wade included it in his own publication of Cantus Diversi (1751). It was published again in the 1760 edition of Evening Offices of the Church. It also appeared in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant (1782).


   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 -    Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 20, 1915
- World War I: The last Australian troops were evacuated from Gallipoli.


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.

Monday, December 20, 1965 - Actor, writer, director, and producer Robert Cavanah was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Monday, December 20, 1965 - Football player and sportscaster Rich Gannon was born Richard Joseph Gannon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!

  From Flores Williams ('66) of VA - 12/10/15:

Dear Carol,

   ... It is simply amazing considering your health issues how you manage to bring such joy to all of us.


   Thank you so very much, Flores! I really appreciate that!  Merry Christmas!

    From the Best Dressed Boy in the Class of 1966, Don Chaney of FL- 12/18/15:

Thank you Carol for uniting all Typhooners and our fellow surrounding high schools together.

   Thanks so much, Donnie! A very rare privilege it is! Merry Christmas!

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/19/15 - "Christmas Lights":

Many years ago when I lived in Delaware there was a house in the countryside that had so many lights that you could see the glow in the distance when you were still three miles away. The house was down a long driveway lined by hundreds of Christmas trees. The owner took donations to help with his electric bills which the local paper said ran over $2,500 for the season.

Merry Christmas to all you amateur outside light electricians!
This is so cool, that it looks like the house is jumping.
The guy that owns this house lives north of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Police were constantly being called for traffic jams and accidents
in the neighborhood so they asked him to shut it down during
certain hours. Instead he started charging by car load to pay off-duty
police to be there.. The guy is supposedly a real computer GEEK.

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, John! I've always loved the lights of Christmas!

   Back in the mid- fifties as our family drove back to Newport News from our big celebration at my daddy's mama's home in Richmond every Christmas Eve, my sister     Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, and I would watch out the windows for all the gorgeous lights. Of course, they were nowhere close to the elaborate displays of today, but pretty in their own way. Each unlit home we would promptly dub as "Scrooge" and move on to await the next. Such naughty babies we were! Merry Christmas!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/19/15 - "Happy Holidays! Santa's furry elves at work":

Happy Holidays! Santa's furry elves at work

       Thanks, Wayne! Merry Christmas!

     From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/19/15:

  Another Ford guy!

     Thanks, Steve! Merry Christmas!


From My Friend, Shannon, of UT - 12/19/15:

  SO TRUE! Thanks, Shannon! Merry Christmas!

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” 

- Katharine Hepburn
(12 May 1907 - 29 June 2003)


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 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 CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Crochet Snowflake Garland Crochet Pattern

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE: - Easy Cherries in the Snow Cookies



"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."

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.

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





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


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O Come, All Ye Faithful

"The Englishman, John Francis Wade, wrote both the words and the music, Adeste Fideles. The Musical
score was first published in 1782 in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant in 1782.
John Francis Wade first included it in his own 1751 publication of Cantus Diversi. The lyrics were first
published in 1760. We have seen it listed in some pamphlets and on the net as an ancient Latin hymn.
Hogwash! The authors of those pages did not do their homework! You may also find it on the net
called the Portuguese Hymn. However, it is not Portuguese. It is definitely English, despite the
original Latin verses. The major reason O Come All Ye Faithful has been called the Portuguese Hymn
is because it was sung in the Portuguese Embassy in London where the famous Vincent Novello
was organist. He ascribed the melody to John Redding. He called it 'Air by Redding, 1860'.
I have seen some Christmas pamphlets with Redding's name given as composer. However since
he lived a century after the original manuscripts, and since I do not believe in reincarnation, I leave
credit to John Francis Wade! Though he was English, he never translated the song into his
native language. That was left for Frederick Oakely to do a century later. The version that we
sing today has actually been worked over by several translators."


Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte
Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Cantet nunc io
Chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula caelestium

Gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo
Venite adoremus
Ergo qui natus
Die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum caro factus
Venite adoremus



O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.



"O Come, All Ye Faithful" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" History courtesy of - 12/19/05

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

"Adeste Fideles" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

Image of Christmas Candles and White Poinsettias courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/19/10
Thanks, Shari!

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 - 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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 Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of - page 14 - 11/14/09

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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

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