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12/23/18 - 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 Festivus Birthday today to  Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!  

   Happy Christmas Eve Birthday tomorrow toJames Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND  Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 -  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;

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   the late Ron Miller ('59) (d. 07/29/14) AND  Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND the late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (d. 05/11/15) AND    Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 23, 1940 - The Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sank the Italian motor ship Antonietta.

December 23, 1941 - American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army.

December 23, 1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows.

December 23, 1948 - Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East were executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. They had been found guilty of crimes against humanity.

Sunday, December 23, 1968 - The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo were released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.

Sunday, December 23, 1968 - Journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter Karyn Bryant was born Karyn Elaine Bryant in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, December 23, 1968 - Painter and animator Barry Kooser was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Sunday, December 23, 1968 - Photographer Manuel Rivera-Ortiz was born in the barrio of Pozo Hondo, outside Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Sunday, December 23, 1968 - Footballer and manager René Tretschok was born in Wolfen, East Germany.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/22/14:

So I ask you, what can we possibly give to the Lord this Christmastime? Considering all that He has done and is doing for us, there is something that we might give Him in return. Christ's great gift to us was His life and sacrifice. Should that not then be our small gift to Him-our lives and sacrifices, not only now but in the future?

- Ezra Taft Benson
(04 Aug 1899 – 30 May 1994)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/23/17:
   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/22/18, 2:17 PM:

  Finally, a great and crisp afternoon to travel along the "Road to Christmas." And what do I see on such a glorious day? How about from the top of "Old Smoky all covered with snow?" Travel isn't easy so find a safe and warm place and a hot cup of cider

   Thank you, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!


“It's simple; if it jiggles, it's fat.” 

- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(b. 30 July 1947)


    - Ice Skates Ornament from The Treasure Room


Amanda Keep's Erastus Snowflake - "Light and airy, this knitted snowflake is a perfect decoration for your home or holiday gifts."


From My Friend, Tina, (then) of SC - "10 Fun Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas":

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Tina!


Browned-Butter Sandwich Stars Cookies


From - 12/21/17:

She texted me: "Your adorable!"

I replied: "No. You're adorable!"

Now she likes me a lot. All I did was point out her grammatical error.

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 09, 2019 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/20/18

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

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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