12/21/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Winter Solstice
“Grant, O God/dess, thy Protection
and in protection, Strength
and in strength, Understanding
and in understanding, Knowledge
and in knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice
and in the knowledge of justice, the Love of it
and in the love of it, the Love of all Existences
and in the love of all existences,
the Love of God/dess and all Goodness.”
- Nichols, 305
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter, marking the day's Winter Solstice, is especially for Domi O'Brien ('64) of NHand her daughter, Avens, but as we celebrate everything together here with our big happy Typhoon family, Good Yule to all!
BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2mh5zPj7Lc - Ring Out Solstice Bells - Jethro Tull
No free midi file is available, but I think you'll enjoy that video, as well as this one Domi sent me on 12/05/11:
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2c7RywNkyY&playnext=1&list=PLpHndh_Qs8DK39sPYBNyFkSVYjoNU2bCf&feature=results_video - Winter Solstice & Yule Time Blessings - Winter Born by Unto Ashes
|This song is a dance to celebrate winter Solstice (mostly on the 22nd and sometimes on the 21st of December) and appeals to rejoice the lengthening of the days, c.q. the return of the light. In it druïds dance while the narrator calls for people to gather underneath mistletoe and give praise to the sun. For many European nations like the Celts, and the Germanic peoples this festival in ancient times was one of the major ones of the year, full of rites and ceremonies of which some survived the ages like the bonfire/fireworks. During its spread over Europe, Christianity claimed this festival by 'implanting' Christmas as a festival of light on the 25th of December. The back of the sleeve of the "Solstice Bells"-EP (released in 1976) has a brief anecdote describing how the Church coöpted the pagan winter solstice celebrating, Yule, and replaced it with Christmas...|
The Winter Solstice is a Minor High Day, usually occurring around December 21st or so of the civil calendar. Also known as Yule and Midwinter, this is a day sacred to Sun, Thunder, and Fire Deities. Large fires were built outdoors and Yule Logs lit indoors, in order to rekindle the dying Sun and help it to return brightly to the Northern skies. Burnt logs and ashes from the Midwinter fires were kept as a talisman against lightning and house fires. It was also a custom in many parts of Paleopagan Europe to decorate live evergreen trees in honor of the Gods (cutting down a tree to bring indoors is a blasphemous desecration of the original concept). This is considered, along with Midsummer, the best day of the year to cut mistletoe. Among some Mediterranean Paleopagans, a date on or near this was celebrated as the Birthday of Mithras and/or the Feast of Saturnalia (which the Christians co-opted to use for the birth of Christ).
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Winter Solstice Birthday today toRay Stinnette ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1966:
|Wednesday, December 21, 1966 - Rugby player
Martin Bayfield was born Martin Christopher Bayfield in
Wednesday, December 21, 1966 - Actor, director, and producer Kiefer Sutherland was born Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England to Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas. His maternal grandfather, former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada.
From My Friend, Laura, of NC - 12/20/14:
|"And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given."|
Thank you, Laura!
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/20/16:
|Thanks, Norman! I wholeheartedly agree! Merry Christmas!|
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/20/16:
Even the reindeer get to know Santa's secrets.
Thanks, Santa Jim! Merry Christmas!
A Christmas Tree is where you find it!
“My mother is the kind of woman you don't want to be in line behind at the
supermarket. She has coupons for coupons.”
- Chris Rock
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/16 - "Are we having fun yet with Santa? (#11 in a series of 19)":
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/16/16 - "~*~ Good Ones and Great Truths ~*~ (#1 in a series of 13)":
Wishing each of you a Merry
Christmas, a happy ending to 2016 and hoping 2017
will be one of your best years!!
BEAUTIFUL! Thank you, Shari!