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.
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 Festivus Birthday today to Tom Flax ('64) of VA ANDJoyce 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)
Ron Miller ('59)
Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA
Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of
Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68)
Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII: December 23, 1940 - The Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sank the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
December 23, 1941 -
American forces on
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.
THIS DAY IN 1968:
|Sunday, December 23, 1968 - The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo were released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.|
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/22/14:
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
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/23/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
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!
simple; if it jiggles, it's fat.”
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
"Love Came Down at Christmas" lyrics courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Came_Down_at_Christmas - 12/17/16
Fourth Sunday of Advent (LOVE) Image courtesy of https://greenhillpc.wordpress.com/2014 - 11/26/16
Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 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 http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
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