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12/20/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Love Came Down at Christmas

(Fourth Sunday in Advent)

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

- John 13:34-35

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Love. I'm not positive, but I think I learned the carol as a child at Trinity Methodist Church. At any rate, it popped instantly into my mind to represent the theme of Christmas Love. I hadn't realized Christina Rossetti's sweet and simple poem had been set to music by at least four different composers, but this version is the gentle tune I remembered. I hope you enjoy it.

BONUS - Love Came Down at Christmas - Matt Oltman and CORO Vocal Artists


"Love Came Down at Christmas" is a Christmas poem by Christina Rossetti. It was first published without a title in Time Flies: A Reading Diary in 1885. It was later included in the collection Verses in 1893 under the title "Christmastide".[1]

The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter[2] and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton".[3] More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs.[4] American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus.[5] A new setting by the British composer David J Loxley-Blount was performed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 December 2014 by the Financial Times Choir conducted by Paul Ayres. It was repeated by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on 11 December 2014.[6]

Studwell describes the poem as "simple, direct and sincere" and notes that it is a rare example of a carol which has overcome the disadvantage of "not having a tune (or two or three) which has caught the imagination of holiday audiences..."[7]


   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 the late Elliott Schlosser ('63) (d. 05/27/20) 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 - The late Patsy Bloxom Meider (d. 10/09/20) ('57)  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, 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.

December 20, 1970 - Cricketer and coach Grant Flower was born Grant William Flower in Salisbury, Rhodesia.

December 20, 1970 - Racing driver Alister McRae was born in Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

December 20, 1970 - Footballer Jörg Schmidt was born in East Germany.

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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/20/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

From Suzanne Mason Haff (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of NC - 12/19/20, 5:42 PM:


This is just incredible and a wonderful gift to all of us Typhoons. I've read it off and on for years, but thought you had become tired and quit. Clearly I don't know you very well. Thank you, thank you.

I went to Magruder, so know many from 6 years of age. Sammy Lipes lived on my street growing up and his father made several of us stilts one year - such a wonderful childhood memory of community.

I'm hopeful that your husband is healing and better now.

I'm only a couple hours from you, so please give me a call if you'd like to chat or I could drive over and visit one day.

Happy Holidays to you and again thank you for caring for us Typhoons.


   Thank you so much, Suzanne! You were half right; I have become tired, but never of doing this. Even when I'm not able to make it into my office to attend to it, it's generally in the back of my mind somewhere, awake or asleep.

   Thank you for your concern for     Paul (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) . He's had some additions to his meds, and his nurse told me just Wednesday there's been a huge change in his attitude and personality for the better. Unfortunately, dementia, that horrible curse, is a progressive disease, and that progress is always downhill, so there's that.  Hermit though I am, I shall try to give you a call soon, certainly before Epiphany , but I don't seem to be quite as on top of everything as I'd imagined I was .

   Merry Christmas!

From Alton Jones ('66) of FL and NC - 12/19/20, 10:20 AM:

   Old post making the rounds again ...

     Thanks, Alton!


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/19/19:

   Thanks, Jean!

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

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


Crochet Snowflake Garland Crochet Pattern


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."

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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

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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Poem by Christina Rossetti (05 Dec 1830 – 29 Dec 1894), 1885

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.


"Love Came Down at Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/17/16

Fourth Sunday of Advent (LOVE) Image courtesy of - 11/26/16

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

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

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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