- NNHS Newsletter -
“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the
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 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiqcjFQBukM - O Come All Ye Faithful - King's College Choir, 1983
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oUAnGcT--A - O Come All Ye Faithful - Anne Murray
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phL9rYto7wk - O Come All Ye Faithful - Libera, December 25, 2007
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcJYW1oN6fw - O Come All Ye Faithful - Casting Crowns, 2008
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45VGDNHJ4Zo - O Come All Ye Faithful - Celtic Woman, 2009
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWIeFbuapAY - O Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban, 2010 (no video, just that gorgeous baritone voice)
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPPRtLZ-amc - 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.
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.
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. 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).
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toEllen 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!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
December 20, 1915 - World War I: The last Australian troops were evacuated from Gallipoli.
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 20, 1942 -Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Monday, December 20, 1965 - Actor, writer, director, and producer Robert Cavanah was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.|
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
Thanks so much, Daniel!
Williams ('66) of VA - 12/10/15:
... 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!
Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC -
|Another Ford guy!|
From My Friend, Shannon, of UT -12/19/15:
|SO TRUE! Thanks, Shannon! Merry Christmas!|
is hard. After all, it kills you.”