12/21/19 - 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 - 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 - 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 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:Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1969:
|December 21, 1969 -Model, actress, director, and screenwriter Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France.|
|"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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/21/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/16/17 - "Santa Lucia":
|Thank you, Domi! Good Yule to you and yours!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/21/19:
MORNING ON THE LAST SATURDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Well, I got all my horsey stuff done yesterday and now I am ready, come rain, storms or whatever before Christmas. And even though we have one more "Saturday morning confusion" starting right now before Christmas this morning, all should be filled with excitement and joy of heart. But, before it gets here, don't forget the final Sunday in Advent is tomorrow, so go to church if you can and enjoy all the Christmas music. After all, when next Wednesday, Christmas Day arrives, we celebrate the greatest gift of all that we are given: Jesus Christ and our own personal opportunities for Salvation. Have fun, enjoy your day but never forget the "Big Picture." Be blessed.
Thank you, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/19/19, 4:21 PM - "Irish kindness":
|The Irish are always the first
ones to come to the aid of their fellow man.
Shortly after take-off on an outbound Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston, the lead flight attendant nervously made the following painful announcement in her lovely Irish brogue: "Faith and Begorrah, I'm so very sorry, but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our catering service. I don't know how this happened, but we have 103 passengers on board, and unfortunately, we only received 40 meals for dinner.
I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience, as well!
"When the muttering of the passengers died down, she continued, "Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat, will receive free and unlimited drinks for the duration of our 10 hour flight.
Her next announcement came about 4 hours later: "If anyone is hungry, we still have 40 dinners available."
Thanks, Billy! Merry Christmas!
“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
BONUS YULE AND CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
Yule Tree Throw & Pillow - "This elegant design will add a note of
comfort to any style of decorating and will be enjoyed whenever the
weather is cold. The cable patterns are beautifully designed, featuring
fir trees along the centers of both throw and pillow."
Christmas Pixie Baby Hat - "Keep your baby warm and cozy this holiday season with the Christmas Pixie Baby Hat. This cozy crochet baby hat will keep little heads warm as temperatures drop. No need to worry about the wind blowing this hat away since the little tie-strap will keep it snugly in place. This adorable hat also features a pom-pom point at the very top to further add charm. Make this pattern as is, or scale up to make it fit for adults. This crochet hat pattern will make the perfect holiday gift this season."
BONUS YULE LOG CAKE RECIPES:
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/20/18:
I was not ready for retirement and was looking for
a new adventure, so I decided to take up FENCING.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde
Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.
2. Wednesday, January 08, 2020 -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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/12/19
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol