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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.
 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

- John 13:34-35

Dear Friends 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 Christmas poem by 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".[1]

The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter[2] and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton".[3] More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs.[4] American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus.[5] 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.[6]

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..."[7]


   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 - 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. President Roosevelt.

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 Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.

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.


December 22, 1968 - Biathlete Myriam Bédard was born in Loretteville, Quebec, Canada.

December 22, 1969 - Footballer and manager Mark Robins was born Mark Gordon Robins in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England.

December 22, 1969 - The 45th President of Bolivia, Enrique Peñaranda (b. Enrique Peñaranda del Castillo on 15 Nov 1892 in La Paz, Bolivia), died in exile in Madrid, Spain at the age of 77.

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.”

Spencer W. Kimball    
(28 Mar 1895 – 05 Nov 1985)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/22/18:
   Thank you, Joan! Merry Christmas!

From My Friend, Ann, of MO - 12/21/19:
   Happy Solstice!!!

   Thank you, Ann - I certainly hope so! 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:

  My 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..

Thank you, Brent!
Merry Christmas!

 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/30/19:


   BRILLIANT! Thank you, Jean! Merry Christmas!

From My Friend, Cheryl, RN, of FL - 12/19/18:
   Thanks, Cheryl! Merry Christmas!

“Men don't care what's on TV. They only care what else is on TV.” 

- Jerry Seinfeld
(b. 29 Apr 1954)


- Christmas Bells from The Treasure Room

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."


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: - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies


From - 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."

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/12/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
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.

"Love Came Down at Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/17/16

Fourth Sunday of Advent (LOVE) Image courtesy of - 11/26/16

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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