12/22/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Love Came Down at Christmas
(Fourth Sunday in Advent - Christmas Eve)
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love one another.
DearFriends 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
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".
The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton". More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs. American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus. 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.
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..."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today 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 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 - Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);
29 - Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND the late Kenny Lipscomb ('63) (d. 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
December 22,1769 -
Sino-Burmese War: The war ended with an uneasy truce.
December 22, 1940 -
captured by the
December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S. President Roosevelt.
December 22, 1942 -Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
December 22, 1944 - The
People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist
THIS DAY IN1969:
|December 22, 1968 - Biathlete Myriam Bédard was born in Loretteville, Quebec, Canada.|
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.”
Thanks so much, Daniel!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/22/18:
|Thank you, Joan! Merry Christmas!|
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty ( Hillsboro HS, IL - Boy with Best Personality in the Class of 1990) of OK - 12/21/19:
Gorgeous Laura (Adams Harty - Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) and I had a nice time
riding in the Medicine Park Christmas parade with our friends.
Our saddle for Jackson was a poor fit and he, shall we say, was not able to finish, but it was a good exercise for Jeffers, Milo and especially Jackson..
WOWZERONI - SUCH FUN! Thank you, Brent! Merry Christmas!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/30/19:
BRILLIANT! Thank you, Jean!Merry Christmas!
don't care what's on TV. They only care what else is on TV.”
- Jerry Seinfeld
-Christmas Bells from The Treasure Room
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 CRAFT:
How to Make a Really Clever Christmas Wreath Using Shatterproof Ornaments - "Christmas is almost upon us, and if you need a last-minute, creative and inexpensive idea for a Christmas decoration, then this was made just for you. This woman has come up with a clever way to make a front door decoration that only costs a few dollars. Following these simple steps is the easiest way to add a magic touch to your house. Christmas is just a few days away, run to the dollar store and start creating!"
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-hazelnut-mousse-cookies/ - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/12/16:
|At the vending machine, a man put in his coins
and watched powerlessly while the cup failed to appear. One nozzle sent
coffee down the drain while another poured cream after it.
“Now that’s real automation!" he exclaimed. “It even drinks for you."
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/12/19
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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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.
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of http://www.clker.com/clipart-brightidea-2.html - 10/30/12
Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16
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