12/22/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Holy Night
“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds.
They sit silently on the floor,
- Max Lucado
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's lovely carol is a particular favorite of mine, and I hope your, as well.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ-8jYpa1-o - O Holy Night - Celtic Woman
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQWXfHzOKUU - O Holy Night - Josh Groban - December 4, 2002
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRqycwRFWuc - O Holy Night - Charlotte Church
|"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known
Christmas carol composed by
Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the
French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by a wine
merchant and poet,
Placide Cappeau (1808–1877).
In Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, the church organ was recently renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked Cappeau, native from this town, to write a Christmas poem. Cappeau did it, although being a professed anticlerical and atheist.
Soon after, Adam wrote the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.
Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity's redemption.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Festivus Birthday tomorrow to Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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 - Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);
29 - Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND Kenny Lipscomb ('63) of VA AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 22, 1939 - Indian Muslims observed a "Day of Deliverance" to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with the United Kingdom.
December 22, 1940 - Himarë was captured by the Greek army.
December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in
Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S.
December 22, 1942 -
December 22, 1942 -Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
December 22, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge – German troops demanded the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"
December 22, 1944 - The
People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist
December 22, 1948 - Hideki Tojo was hanged after being convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Tojo had become the prime minister of Japan in October of 1940.
December 22, 1989 - In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was opened.
THIS DAY IN1963:
|Sunday, December 22, 1963 - The cruise ship Lakonia burned 180 miles (290 km) north of Madeira, Portugal with the loss of 128 lives.|
From The Best Student in the Class of 1960, Pete Hoyle of VA - 12/21/13:
|Hi Carol -- This is just
to let you know how much I enjoy and appreciate your
NNHS (etc) newsletter.
Thanks so much, and have a very happy and good Christmas.
-- Pete Hoyle
Thank you so much, Pete! A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 12/21/13 - "Christmas, Santa and Toys ":
|Childhood days make the
Christmas season the happiest times in most lives. In this particular
case Christmas trees were the real thing, artificial trees had never
reached my family and it was usually on Christmas Eve that most families
brought in felled cedars and spruces.
Firemen, policemen, service clubs and churches had the lots. It never occurred to children that the delay for most households was simple; tree prices were slashed in half.
There was no such thing as Black Fridays. Department stores and downtown shops were open on the day after Thanksgiving and it was a delight to window shop and browse in and out and see the toys, candies and other assorted things available.
Greeting cards abounded with such words as Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings. Few and far between were words like “Happy Xmas.” Cards with only “City” inscribed were mailed with three-cent stamps to names and addresses.
The mailman in the neighborhood knew the people closely on his route because he saw them twice daily, usually by 10 o’clock in the morning and no later than 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
During the season of joy and pleasantries, it was not an unusual site for the mailman to be refreshed on door stops and front porches with eggnog, cookies, pound cake and fruit cake. Neighborhood youngsters often took advantage of the sweets at the Gaskins, Jones and Goodson houses. Mince meat pies and fruit cakes were delightful.
Up and down the neighborhoods and downtown, midway through December, schools closed until after New Year’s Day for Christmas, not for a winter celebration. Christmas was Christmas period. Candies of all sorts were available.
Every child was anxious during this happy time. Each store, the big ones then like Sears Roebuck & Co., Nachman’s, Leggett, Kresge’s and Woolworth were prepared. Lots of part-time workers where bicycles, little red wagons, 8mm film projectors, cowboys and Indian cap guns and bows, lots of clothes – school clothes – and fountain pens and watches.
Thank you so much for these sweet memories, Harry! In most respects they closely parallel my own! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#2 in a Series of 28)":
|As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Neat things in life!
May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!
Thanks so much, George! These are cool!
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:
|http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/beadsnow.html#.UNVhHqxrQk4 - Jackie Karp's Beaded Snowflake - "This free crochet pattern is great for the winter holiday. No two snowflakes are alike, that is why this pattern uses beads. This pattern uses size 10 thread and a 1.5mm hook."|
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-hazelnut-mousse-cookies/ - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, January 2, 2014 -
The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the
first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House
on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport
News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the
Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit
2. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 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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Words by Placide Clappeau, 1847
Translated to English by John Sullivan Dwight (13 May 1812 - 5 Sep 1853)
Music by Adolphe Charles Adam (24 July 1803 - 3 May 1856)
Cantique de Noel
night, the stars are brightly shining;
"O Holy Night" midi courtesy of http://www.catholic.net/christmas_songs/template_channel.phtml?channel_id=17 - 11/22/05
"Cantique de Noel" and "O Holy Night" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/h/oholynit.htm - 12/21/05
Stained Glass Window of The
Nativity over the High Altar of Church of St. Teresa, Beaconsfield, UK
courtesy of http://www.littleflower.co.uk/windows.htm - 12/21/05
Blue Stained Glass Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html - 12/21/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05