12/22/14 - NNHS Newsletter
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This is a charming old French carol which I remember from the days of my youth. Merry Christmas!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeiLED8ln8M - Pat-a-Pan - Julie Andrews
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXq7XcAO3nA - Pat-a-Pan - Mannheim Steamroller
BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z5CsHGX4xs - Pat-a-Pan - Steve Green
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af7P2PMIx10 - Pat-a-Pan - David Archuleta
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1EJeUGPh6s - Pat-a-Pan - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Piano Tribute Players)
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv1lhk1XBI0 - Pat-a-Pan - Ms. Benke's Flute Choir, 2008
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txkGiu-eT1o - Pat-a-Pan - The Salt Lake Children's Choir, 2008
|"Patapan" (or "Pat-a-pan") is a
Christmas carol in
Burgundian dialect, later adapted into English. It was written
Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in Noël
bourguignons in 1720.
Its original title is "Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin" ("Willie,
Bring Your Little Drum" or "Willie, Take Your Little Drum").
The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments—flutes and drums—the onomatopoetic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol "The Little Drummer Boy", with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."
American Composer John Gerrish wrote Variations on a Burgundian Carol for 3 Recorders published by Associated Music Publishers in 1957, based on the Patapan theme. You can hear it being played by his three children at the composer's 100th birthday party held on 8/14/10 HERE. Pagan folk musician Damh The Bard recorded his version on the 2009 album, 'Tales Of The Crow Man', substituting Christian references in the lyrics with pagan ones to make it a celebration of the Winter Solstice.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA 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 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, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
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
THIS DAY IN
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 IN1964:
|Tuesday, December 22, 1964 - The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.|
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/21/14:
|“It is because of
Heavenly Father's gift of His Son that all men-past, present, and
future-can return to live with Him who is the Father of our spirits. But
to insure that that can happen, it was first necessary for Jesus to come
to earth in the flesh to teach men by His example the correct way to
live and then to willingly give up His life and, in some miraculous way,
accept the burden for the sins of mankind.”
From My Friend, Tara, of MO - 12/21/14:
|COOL! Thank you, Tara! Merry Christmas!|
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/20/14 - "Organizing Chores":
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#10 in a series of 15)":
Laughs for the day………..
From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#22 in a Series of 24)":
|This year I decided to
share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a
tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in
December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.
Christmas Story Day 22,
The Little Drummer Boy
Little Drummer Boy"
David grew up in the kitchen of the inn. His father was the innkeeper. His mother cooked the food. David's older sisters cleaned the rooms, and his older brother swept the stable. David loved to sing. He would sing to his mother as she cooked the food. David made up songs and banged on pots and bowls as he sang to her. David's mother smiled at him. "Someday you will sing in the temple, my son," his mother said. David grinned at his mother. "Tem-ple," David said very carefully.
David's father came into the kitchen. "How is my big boy?" David's father asked as he swung David onto his shoulders. "Pum Pum Pum! Tem-ple come!" David sang as he drummed on his father's head with a wooden spoon. David's father smiled as his son kept on drumming. "We must find this boy a drum or my poor head will not survive!" said David's father, with a laugh.
A few years later David got a small drum for his birthday. Soon he was beating rhythms on his drum wherever he went. Pat-a-rum, pat-a-rum, pat-a-rum, David drummed to copy the donkeys on the road. Swish-click-click-tum, swish-click-click-tum, went David's drumming to copy his brother sweeping straw in the stable.
One day David's father said to his family, "We are going to be very busy. Caesar Augustus has ordered a count of all the families in all the towns."
"Pum Pum. Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum. I counted six of us!" David sang. "Why does this make us busy?"
"Because people will come to Bethlehem to be counted with their families," said David's father. "They will need a place to stay. They will stay with us, and we will be very busy."
David's mother cooked more food. David's sisters cleaned the rooms. David's brother swept out the stable and put new hay and pots of water in the stalls. David's father greeted the people as they came into town. Soon the inn was very full. David played his drum and sang his songs for the people.
Late one night there was a knock at the door. David peeked around his father at the young man and his wife, who was on a donkey. They had no room for these people! What could they do? David's father was a kind man. "You can stay in the stable," he said. "It is warm and dry there. I can send food out to you."
The young man thanked David's father and walked the donkey to the stable.
David helped his mother carry bread and cheese out to the young couple. His mother told him the woman was going to have a baby soon. The next day there was a lot of excitement.
"The young woman who stayed in the stable last night had her baby," David's mother told him.
"The baby is the King of Kings, they say!" said David's father.
David could not see the baby because of the crowd around the stable. David stood at the back of the crowd and began to make up a song for the baby: "Come, they told me, our newborn king to see. Our finest gifts we bring to lay before the king. So to honor him when we come."
The crowd began to part when they heard David's beautiful singing: "Baby Jesus, I am a poor boy, too. I have no gift to bring that's fit to give a king. Shall I play for you on my drum?"
David stepped closer to Mary, Joseph, and their son. Baby Jesus smiled at David, reached out, and patted his drum.
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
http://www.fiberfluxblog.com/2014/12/free-crochet-patternmerry-berry-coasters.html - Jennifer Dickerson's Merry Berry Coasters - "The Merry Berry Coasters are a fun, easy, and pretty way to decorate for the holidays. Slip one under a fabulous mug of hot chocolate or under a holiday candle. They also make great gifts! Make a set of four and tie with a pretty ribbon for an easy and thoughtful handmade gift."
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-hazelnut-mousse-cookies/ - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies