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12/24/05 - NNHS Newsletter
A Mele Kalikimaka


"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."

 -- W. T. Ellis

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is a Bonus-Bonus Christmas Eve Morning Surprise Newsletter!

From Dale Parsons ('69) of HI - 12/22/05:

Aloha Carol,

I've attached a midi of the song "Mele Kalikimaka" which was written by R. Alex Anderson in 1949. In addition to composing nearly 200 songs during his lifetime, Mr. Anderson served in World War II as a fighter pilot, was shot down in enemy territory and escaped with two companions. His wartime experiences were made into the film, The Dawn Patrol. In 1950 Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded "Mele Kalikimaka." R. Alex Anderson died on Memorial Day 1995, one week short of his 101st birthday.

The words "Mele Kalikimaka" are a phonetic translation. When the missionaries and other Westerners first brought the custom of Christmas to the islands the Hawaiians had difficulty pronouncing Merry Christmas and turned it into words that rolled more easily off their tongues.

   Okay, here's the Christmas Eve surprise - straight from Hawaii!

   Thank you so very much, Dale!!!

E ho'okulakakoa i ka hau'oli o keia wa hamaha'o. Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
(Let us celebrate together the joy of this season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

For all you do for throughout the year, mahalo nui loa (thank you very much).

Dale Parsons '69

  P.S. Now that you need pictures, here's the only one I can find on my computer. It's my wife Ginny and me...

   It seems I'll definitely need to find a place on Famous Soldiers for Mr. Anderson.  Stay tuned......

  And Mele Kalikimaka to you and Ginny and your whole family!

Dale and Ginny Parsons    

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/23/05:


Just wanted to wish you and yours a wonderful and blessed Christmas. 

Also, just to let you know, my mom had a fall after my concert last Saturday night and "broke her hip" - had surgery on Sunday AM, and is really doing well.  Much better than last time! (yep, the OTHER hip).  She is now in Sentara Nursing Care Center for rehab.  It will be hard, but I have never seen her so determined to get outta there!  Her attitude is good so far and I hope she will be home soon.  We will probably be spending Christmas there with her.

Happy New Year!


   Oh, Sarah Sugah!  I'm so sorry to hear your news!  Tell your mama we're all "rooting for her"!    And you and Lou have as Merry a Christmas as you're able! 


  From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of VA to the Class of 1965 - 12/23/05 - "Happy

Life brings many challenges and changes yet somehow we are still the same.  I too wish to send my deepest regards and best wishes for a Happy and Holy Holiday to all.  May 2006 bring us all together again.  I am proud to be a part of the Class of '65. 
Carol, a special thank you and blessing be upon you for all your selfless work. 
Frances Goodson

   Thank you, Frances!  It's my honor and joy! Have a blessed Christmas! 


  From Terry Haney ('66) of VA - 12/23/05 - "Change in Email Address":

Please change my email to: 
You may give it to anyone who wants it (if there is anyone out there who does).  Also my birthday is always the first day of Summer each year.

   Super - thanks!  Actually, I always thought the Summer Solstice could land on either June 21st or 22nd, but I plunked you down on June 21st:

   I also posted your email addy to the '66 page, and now you should immediately receive a plethora of mail:

I was surprised to see in the newsletter of 12/20 that Charlie Sheen ('64) was a Typhoon band member.  I knew that I liked him on TV and in the movies for some reason.  It's amazing how much he looked like    Charlie Snead ('64)  when he was young. 

   GASP!!!  YOWZERS!!! 

   Terry, I was snagging a bite to eat while I was reading my mail, and caught this and began laughing so hard I was afraid I was going to need someone to perform the Heimlich maneuver on me!  I would have blamed it on holiday dithers, but the worst news is that I simply hurriedly snagged the caption from the Band-64 page.  That means it's been ridiculously incorrectly labeled for almost two years! 

   Thanks for catching it at last - and I'm so sorry, Charlie - and Charlie!!!

Thanks for what you have done to reunite our generation of Typhoon(s). 
Terry Haney

   Thank you, Terry!  It's been my honor and privilege!


  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 12/23/05:


I missed the Robert's Old VA Spoon Bread recipe, could you email when you get a chance?  This can wait until after Christmas/New Year's.  Thank you so much and thanks for all your hard work on the newsletter

Sincerely, Barbara Houston '68

Hi, Barbara!
   I found it!

Robert's Old Virginia Spoon Bread

  1 cup corn meal
2 cups boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup cold milk

  Stir corn meal into boiling, salted water.  Stir one minute, remove from heat, and add butter.  Beat well, add beaten eggs, and beat in milk.  Beat again, and pour into hot, buttered 8" pan.  Bake 25 minutes in pre-heated 400 degree oven.  Serve from baking dish.


   It was originally posted here:
   This is very simple, quick, and inexpensive to make, so if you don't like it (and as I said, I think I'm the only one in my huge family who does!), you haven't lost a lot of time and money!
   I even like it cold as leftovers - which are always available, under the circumstances! 
   Have a great Christmas, Barbara!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/23/05 - "Million-Dollar Pie":
  If you still need a last-minute dessert, this recipe ran in the Fayetteville Observer on 12/18/05, and appears to be a real snap.
  Million-Dollar Pie

2 graham cracker crusts            1 cup pecans and walnuts (chopped)
1 can of condensed milk            1 bottle of maraschino cherries    
1/4 cup lemon juice                      (chopped)
1 12-oz. can crushed pineapple  1 9-oz. carton of whipped topping

   Mix lemon juice, condensed milk, crushed pineapple, nuts, and cherries.  Blend in whipped topping.  Pour into the two graham cracker crusts and refrigerate one hour.

                              - Jeannette Heaton, Rockingham, NC


   I promised if I had a short Newsletter coming up I'd try to share this pointedly biased editorial with you, and this is probably about as short as we're going to have anytime soon.  You've probably seen it at least once by now.  The airways and newspapers around here are full of comment on the subject.

   I'm posting it not to start an internet riot, but because I so deeply believe in traditions and celebrations and the sharing of them all.  I'm looking forward to sharing the Hanukkah story of the Festival of Lights later this week.  I believe that as we share and learn about each other, we grow closer together in love.  And I share this in a spirit of equality for all, but mindful that peace, love and harmony should reign at this time of year, at least.

   I grow nervous as people try to abridge our rights - including the right to free expression.  I think these rights were bought at a great price and must be preserved.  While I certainly don't approve of things being forced down our throats, I cannot see how silence guarantees a freedom of choice.  If no choice is offered, how can one be chosen?  And I rejoice that you have the right to disagree with me.

   Thank you to the several of you who sent this to me.

Our Rights as Christians

By Debbie Daniel of TX

I'm on a "Merry Christmas" mission and I'm in full throttle. My little yellow VW Beetle has turned into a Christmas billboard with Merry Christmas written across the back window. Yes, I've decided to trek off to work everyday on the public highways with a message that seems to offend people.

At stop lights, I even turn my music up a little louder, and to top it off, I sing along with it. Don't I know that stopping at a red light to roll my windows down only to share the joy of Christmas carols on public streets is a No-No? Don't I fear the Christmas Gestapo and those who would have me remove the written message from my car?

I'm sorry folks, but the only person I'm concerned about "offending" during this Christmas season is the Lord himself. LEAVE THAT MANGER ALONE! We've allowed the Baby Jesus to be kicked out of His lowly manger, and those offended by Christmas are still not happy.

I refuse to let this happen. I'm going to do my part to make sure "Merry Christmas" doesn't become extinct. Because like it or not, if the believers in Christmas don't take a stand now, it's gone forever.

Listen folks, the Christian community has been underestimated before; we will have to show ourselves again.

I walked into a Wendy's Restaurant the other day and was rather exuberant with my "Merry Christmas" greeting to the manager. He didn't have much of a response and I said, "Where's your Christmas spirit?" He said, "We're not allowed to use the words "Merry Christmas" when greeting customers. We can only say "Happy Holiday."

This morning I grabbed a quick breakfast at a Whataburger Restaurant. I noticed there wasn't a single decoration in the store. I asked the manager why they weren't decorated for Christmas. He told me the corporate headquarters decided not to send any decorations to any of their stores, and he didn't know why.

After I heard about all the Macy's and Federated Stores taking down their Merry Christmas signs, the Target stores not allowing the Salvation Army to "Ring the Christmas bells," and the many incidents of children, choirs, and bands not allowed to play or sing Christmas carols, I realized it was happening right here in my own little Texas town.

How can this be? Not Texas!

We do, however, have a store, Hobby Lobby, that plays nothing but Christmas carols during the season. On Christmas Day they run a full page ad in our local newspaper. That ad is not to promote the store, but uses the entire page to tell the story of Jesus' birth. Now that's taking a stand. We need to thank them.

When I saw a news report the other evening of children being taught new words to a song we've sung for years - "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - I was saddened to hear "We Wish You a Splendid Holiday."

I know now that it's just a matter of time that the "Merry Christmas" greetings will be gone. Look around your town. Notice the "Holiday" greetings and not "Christmas." It's happening right before our very eyes.

Start singing the songs; go down the streets of America singing to your heart's content. Get some of those wash-off markers that these kids use to write on their car windows when they're rooting for their hometown football team. It's easy to do, and if a torrential rain washes it off, write it on there again.

We've got to get this message out. "Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . that Jesus Christ is Born." Sing it, speak it, be a billboard for our Lord.

The story of this "Baby Jesus" alone has brought about more goodwill at this time of year than any other day we celebrate. How can we sit back and allow Him to be snuffed out of our lives?

Is it Jesus, or is it His followers that the "offended" don't like? What kind of revulsion galvanizes one to campaign so vehemently against the mere mention of His name, the mere singing of a carol, or the mere visual of a sign that says "Merry Christmas?"

I can listen to my own boss at work use some of the vilest words and follow up with, "Excuse my French." I may cringe inside at his damning of God's name, but I tolerate it. So if you don't like me wishing you a "Merry Christmas," I'll say, "Excuse my joy." You may cringe that I celebrate the birth of Jesus, but just tolerate it.

I cannot be concerned that "Merry Christmas" offends you. If I'm not careful, the day will come when saying I'm a Christian will offend you.

I'm offended that you're offended. How about that?

When we get to a point that we can no longer take part in a tradition we hold dear, we have no choice; we either defend that tradition or we give it up to those who say NO. That's it . . . period. So, which will it be?

I'm not giving up my "Merry Christmas" joy to anyone. If I know of someone that celebrates another holiday during this time of year, I will be glad to wish them whatever holiday they want. Just tell me what it is and I'll shout it to the world and wish you a grand celebration.

Just give me Christmas. To you merchants: Stop being so hypocritical and "filling your tills" on the back of Jesus! Who do you think is the symbol of giving at this time of year? It was the wise men bringing gifts to the newborn Christ-child.

You want your coffers full, but have ordered your employees to take down all the Merry Christmas signs. If that's the case, I'll buy gifts at a place that understands my joy.

If you're worried about offending someone, you just did. The most recent Newsweek survey shows that 82% of Americans believe that Jesus is the Son of God. So, in trying not to offend a few, you've offended many.

It's okay to jump into the "Merry Christmas" spirit when it fills your cash register, but let's call it something else . . . and don't stop giving . . . and don't stop buying. . . we'll just change the name and you'll never know the difference.

I know the difference and I'm feeling it greatly. It's hard not to be aware that townships across our country have actually banned the singing of Christmas carols because it might offend someone. And it's not just the religious songs; it's the secular ones too. No more "Jingle Bells" or
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" because they're associated with Christmas. Boy, aren't we getting sensitive?

If we're not celebrating Christmas for the hope it gives with the birth of our Savior . . . there is no hope!

I noticed a few years ago that we changed the name of Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's birthday so as to be all inclusive regarding the Presidents. Hark, if we should recognize anyone as exceptional. Now it's called Presidents' Day.

Well, if we're going to be so all inclusive, next month I'll have to refer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Civil Rights Leaders' Day. We don't want to exclude great Americans like Rosa Parks or Cesar Chavez, do we? And to think that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might be left out.

We might need to change Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents' Day to All Parents' Day. Just lump them all together.

It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? So what's the difference?

My freedom to celebrate Christmas in the tradition of the Christian religion is as much my right as it is your right to be offended by it. So what are we going to do? Did anyone hear me . . . what are we going to do?

Do we defend a person's right to go forward with a time tested tradition (how about 2000 years?), or do we defend a person's right to end it all because they're offended? As long as we live in this great land and have the freedom to express ourselves and what we believe in, we will always offend someone.

If we try to make everything right for everyone, we won't have anything for anyone.

May you always have Christmas in your heart!



    I was shopping in one of those stores where the saying of "Merry Christmas" had been outlawed for the staff.  As she gave me my receipt the cashier said, "Season's Greetings!"

   I smiled and said, "Merry Christmas!"

   She grinned and responded, "Thank you.  Same to you!"

   TA-DAH!!!  No harm, no foul!


So Mele Kalikimaka, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings -
whatever you're celebrating, enjoy yourselves, and rejoice with us, and we'll all be happy!

   Stay tuned; we may yet have more surprises for you!

   Y'all stay happy - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Mele Kalikimaka

Written by R. Alex Anderson (June 1894 - 31 May 1995), 1949

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say, 
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day, 
That's the island greeting that we send to you 
From the land where palm trees sway, 
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright, 
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night, 
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way 
To say "Merry Christmas to you."

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say, 
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day, 
That's the island greeting that we send to you 
From the land where palm trees sway, 
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright, 
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night, 
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way 
To say, "Merry Christmas,
A very Merry Christmas to you."

"Mele Kalikimaka" theme, midi, and lyrics all courtesy of Dale Parsons ('69) of HA - 12/22/05
Thank you so much, Dale!

"Festive Palm Tree" Christmas Card Image courtesy
of - 12/23/05

Christmas Palm Tree Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/23/05

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