- NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Christmas Eve!
she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him
in a manger; because there was
no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they
were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be
to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign
unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter is being revisited from 2004. I chose to rerun it because of the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC, who earlier this month graced a Christmas Party at church with a piano solo of this lovely old French carol. Thanks again, Charis!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84Zx55fN6U - Bring a Torch - Robert Shaw Chorale
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNsrjNi7css - Bring a Torch - Lincoln-Way Central's 2006 Madrigal Singers
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtDbBd8yh9U - Bring a Torch - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra, Dancers, and Bells
|"Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle" (French:
Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle)
Christmas carol which originated from the
Provence region of
in the 16th century. The song is usually notated in
The carol was first published in 1553 in France, and was subsequently translated into English in the 18th century. The song was originally not a song to be sung at Christmas, but rather dance music for French nobility.
In the carol, visitors to the stable have to keep their voices down so the newborn can enjoy his dreams. To this day in the Provence region, children dress up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, while singing the carol.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Christmas Eve Birthday today to James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA!
Happy Christmas Day Birthday tomorrow to Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
29 - Roy Tate ('57);
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed) David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1861
GEORGETOWN GEM GRAB GLEEFUL
It was going to be a jolly Christmas indeed for the captain and crew of the USS Gem. They would celebrate events off the coast of Georgetown, SC, wherein they captured British blockade runner Prince of Wales. The holiday of the Englishmen was further dampened when their ship was not merely confiscated but destroyed. Under maritime law the ship and its contents would be sold and the proceeds divided under a complex formula among the captain and crew of the Gem.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1862
HOLIDAY HAPPINESS HALF-HEARTED
On this second Christmas Eve of the war, soldiers of both sides, and their families at home, spent a mostly quiet day. Loneliness and homesickness was the theme of most men’s letters to loved ones. In the only notable action of the day, Union infantry arrived to complete the occupation of Galveston, Tex. The city had been taken, and partially occupied, by Navy forces.
Thursday, Dec. 24, 1863
FOUNDRY FIRE FUELS FRUSTRATION
Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan got a letter from Selma today that the guns for his ship Tennessee would be sent to him--as soon as the gun foundry was repaired from an explosion that took place while trying to cast the bottom section of a gun pit. Commander Jones, who sent the letter, was there when it happened and lost his hat, coat and pants in the ensuing fire. Now presumably re-clothed, he wrote that he felt at the time that he was in more danger there “than if I were in command of the Tennessee.”
Saturday, Dec. 24, 1864
SHERMAN SUPPOSEDLY SUPERVISES SERMONS
Gen. William T. Sherman, now functioning as administrator instead of conqueror of Savannah, issued orders to get life back to normal. Municipal officials stayed in office, markets were told to reopen. Ministers, in a minor act of defiance, supposedly asked if they could offer their usual prayers for Jefferson Davis during services tomorrow. “Yes,” Sherman is said to have replied. “Jeff Davis and the devil both need it.” It should be noted that this same anecdote is told about several cities, several commanders, and at least two presidents.
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/23/11 - "Appreciating you":
Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family and the Typhoon Family.
Thanks so much for reprinting my remembrance of Dad and the project to resurrect his desk and chair without benefit of Shop Class. You may remember giving me a homework assignment a couple years ago to jot down Dad's ministry -- apparently the dog ate my paper. I was motivated to write something, realizing the anniversary of Dad's death came a few days before I put on the final coat of Tung Oil and brass handles. I tried to focus on what Dad accomplished from the double pedestal work bench and ended up with the narrative account.
A sidebar: The leather seat my wife Loretta (Stuttgart American High School '68) put on the refurbished chair contained hidden surprises when we unveiled it to help accommodate the family Thanksgiving Day. My grandson Nicholas yelped when he sat on it; then my son Patrick (Governor Thomas Johnson High School '98) had the same reaction. Loretta used longer carpet tacks than expected, so the Turkey had to wait until I extracted them and affixed the cover using the staple gun. Alas, Nicholas yelped again. Hidden under the corner folds were four more tacks. Finally Patrick and Nicholas did another test and we were able to proclaim the chair completed so we could get to the blessing and dinner -- thank God.
I apologize that my contributions to www.TheCovertletter.com and www.nnhs65.com have been irregular in recent months. I've been enduring the pain and discontent of medical care establishments and practitioners since the end of July. Gall bladder surgery transitioned to acute pancreatitis, a five-month ordeal. After a couple lengthy hospital stays, I'm learning how to eat a NO FAT diet. My Christmas present from Santa was delivered this past Monday, when the cardiovascular surgeon replaced my pacemaker generator/battery with a larger unit. The electricity is flowing again.
My favorite message of encouragement came from Sepi (Dimples) Dinwiddie Prichard ('58, NC), who took note that the hospital staff overlooked my allergy to contrast dye. Briefly stated I was given double doses of radioisotopes for my second CTScan in six days. Dimples remarked I probably was glowing so much I could stick a star on my head and stand in the corner of the room. She said I would make a perfect Christmas Tree! O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum....
Norm Covert '61, MD
Thank you so much, Normie!
I'm afraid that despite my concentrated efforts to reform, I still often fall back on my ostrich-head-in the-sand approach to life: if I don't acknowledge it, perhaps there's a chance (however slim) that it might possibly not be true.....
I'm so very glad that you're doing better, and that Dimples was able to help you when you really needed it! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 12/23/11 - "Merry Christmas":
--Our little camper
and baby bears, Carson, Camden, Greyson and Hannah Rose,
will be having a new one to join them on Dec. 27th. Our granddaughter
will be born in Riverside Hospital...what a great Christmas present!
Aren't grandchildren wonderful!
Merry Christmas to all
AWWW! Cheryl, you always have the most adorable pictures of your babies and grandbabies, but this time I think you've outdone yourself! They are sooo precious! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Congratulations on the impending arrival of a new little doll baby to love - and the Merriest of Christmases!
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/23/11 - "My Christmas Wreath":
all be delighted to know (I am so sure) that I finally finished
the wreath for my front door Thursday night.
When I first spotted this Seasons
Greetings Wreath pattern online back on
11/21/11, I thought
- hey! - I already have the white cotton yarn for the bells, some
particularly beautiful red ribbon for the five small bows, the white
wired ribbon to make the bow, and my daughter of other parents,
Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC, had just
bought me some Red Heart paddy green yarn! All I'll need is the
grapevine wreath, some jingle bells, and some pine cones - and I live in
the middle of a pine forest!
Yes, well, first I didn't "enjoy" the directions for the holly leaves, but I found a great substitute in Suzetta Williams' Holly Embellishment on 11/23/11 - a true delight to crochet, and I had my fifteen holly leaves in no time! The fifteen white bells were a similar quick project - and fun for me, as I don't usually crochet with cotton yarn.
|Seasons Greetings Wreath||Friday, December 23, 2011|
Last month while our cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA was visiting, my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, found me the grapevine wreath while we were playing Junk Store - or, I mean, Thrift Shop. Thanks, Eleanor!
That just left the jingle bells and pine cones.
One day Megan came to see me, and as 16-month-old Katelyn scampered up the steps, she stretched out her little hand and with a great big smile presented me with the jingle bells! Thanks, Megan and Katelyn!
That brought me to those
eight pesky pine cones. First the cones in my yard were too big. Then
there's the matter of my OCD. I knew I'd be compelled to treat the cones
by soaking them in bleach and baking them in the oven and a long list of
time consuming preparations - and they'd still bite my hands. Then I
remembered I have a 1980 book of Jacqueline Henderson's crochet designs
- with directions for "pinecones"!
From My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO - 12/23/11 - "RE: Merry Christmas from Long Ago and Far Away":
MERRY CHRISTMAS, Carol!
Thanks, Stu - Merry Christmas to you!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/23/11 - "RE: Merry Christmas from Long Ago and Far Away":
Thank you and Merry Christmas. Your home Christmas pics look nice and festive.
Thank you so much, Shari - Merry Christmas to you, too!
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/23/11 - "greetings of the season!":
OOOH! Thank you, Domi - these are like no other cards we've seen this year!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/23/11 - "Christmas Card":
It has come around again, this card--how nice it would be if your Christmas is as happy and joyful a time that I wish it to be!!
A Christmas Card .........For You
Thank you so much, Wayne Honey! This YouTube video is not very much like the beautiful and fun animated PowerPoint Presentation you sent me, but strangely it was the closest I could find...
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/23/11 - "Santa's Jigsaw. ( Turn the sound on..)":
click and drag the pieces….
Thanks, Dools - Merry Christmas to you, too!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/23/11 - "Doggy Jingle Bells":
~*~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~*~
Thanks again, Shari!
From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#4 in a Series of 24)":
these ideas are really good.
Overhaul your linen cupboard: store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.
EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!
"The Story of Silent Night"Father Joseph Mohr sat at the old organ. His fingers stretched over the keys, forming the notes of a chord. He took a deep breath and pressed down. Nothing. He lifted his fingers and tried again. Silence echoed through the church.
Father Joseph shook his head. It was no use. The pipes were rusted, the bellows mildewed. The organ had been wheezing and growing quieter for months, and Father Joseph had been hoping it would hold together until the organ builder arrived to repair it in the spring. But now, on December 23, 1818, the organ had finally given out. St. Nicholas Church would have no music for Christmas.
Father Joseph sighed. Maybe a brisk walk would make him feel better. He pulled on his overcoat and stepped out into the night. His white breath puffed out before him. Moonlight sparkled off the snow-crusted trees and houses in the village of Oberndorf. Father Joseph crunched through the snowy streets to the edge of the little Austrian town and climbed the path leading up the mountain.
From high above Oberndorf, Father Joseph watched the Salzach River ripple past St. Nicholas Church. In the spring, when melting snow flowed down the mountains and the river swelled in its banks, water lapped at the foundation of the church. It was moisture from the flooding river that had caused the organ to mildew and rust.
Father Joseph looked out over the Austrian Alps. Stars shone above in the still and silent night.
Silent night? Father Joseph stopped. Of course! "Silent Night!" He had written a poem a few years before, when he had first become a priest, and he had given it that very title. "Silent Night."
Father Joseph scrambled down the mountain. Suddenly he knew how to bring music to the church.
The next morning, Father Joseph set out on another walk. This time he carried his poem. And this time he knew exactly where he was going -- to see his friend Franz Gruber, the organist for St. Nicholas, who lived in the next village.
Franz Gruber was surprised to see the priest so far from home on Christmas Eve, and even more surprised when Father Joseph handed him the poem.
That night Father Joseph and Franz Gruber stood at the altar of St. Nicholas Church. Father Joseph held his guitar. He could see members of the congregation giving each other puzzled looks. They had never heard a guitar played in church before, and certainly not during midnight mass on Christmas Eve, the holiest night of the year.
Father Joseph picked out a few notes on the guitar, and he and Franz Gruber began to sing. Their two voices rang out, joined by the church choir on the chorus. Franz Gruber's melody matched the simplicity and honesty of Father Joseph's words.
When the last notes faded into the night, the congregation remained still for a moment, then began to clap their hands. Applause filled the church. The villagers of Oberndorf loved the song! Father Joseph's plan to bring music to St. Nicholas Church had worked.
A few months later, the organ builder arrived in Oberndorf and found the words and music to "Silent Night" lying on the organ. The song enchanted him, and when he left, he took a copy of it with him.
The organ builder gave the song to two families of traveling singers who lived near his home. The traveling singers performed "Silent Night" in concerts all over Europe, and soon the song spread throughout the world.
Today, cathedral choirs and carolers from New York to New Zealand sing the simple song that was first played in a mountain church in Austria on Christmas Eve nearly 200 years ago.
-- By Dick Smolinski
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/23/11 - "Keep Calm and Sparkle!":
Today is Christmas Eve Eve. I know you have lots to do. Please remember to Keep Calm and Sparkle.
When you stay calm you will sparkle!
Take time to enjoy the next few days!
You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/23/11 - "Decluttering is Fun and Heartwarming":
Dear Fly Lady and all,
Merry Christmas and a thank you for making me into a real fly person.
I now dress to shoes everyday...or at least 99% of the time. I never used to get dressed until I did the housework unless I was going somewhere. Often I was caught in the middle of the afternoon, still in my nightshirt. But, no longer. I do my before bedtime routines and get up and dress.
In the spirit of the giving season and with decluttering fore most in my mind, I called a young friend who is very active in her church. I asked if she knew of a group or someone who could use hand knitted scarves. I had two I didn't want to sell, (I knit beautiful ones that I do sell).
She told me about a project her church was involved in, something to do with gifts for middle school kids, and a school that could use anything.
I asked if there was something else specific that was needed, and she said one child had asked for a drawing/art set. I immediately thought of the "bargain" I had picked up a few days earlier ... an art set of oil pastels with the pad. Still new in the box. And, I remembered a charcoal drawing set, in a nice case that I had bought before that, still in the packaging.
"Is there anything else they need?" I asked. "The school could use anything," she said. I started listing things: pen sets, with some pens missing, paper, cards, rubber stamps, stamping ink, scrapbook supplies, a wallet? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
SO, with a happy heart, I began decluttering my "studio" ... which is my messy card making/scrapbook room. I ended up filling 4 bags, boxes and containers, some of which were also brand new and very usable, with all kinds of things. And, when my friend and her hubby came to pick up the "pile" she couldn't believe how it had grown from two scarves and some drawing supplies.
I got the sweetest note from her the other day, thanking me and telling me that the church ladies who went through everything, separating it into gifts, and school supplies, were so happy with the things I had de cluttered. They took pictures which I cannot wait to see.
Today, my heart is full just thinking of all the good my unused "stuff" is going to do this Christmas. And, I also have the bonus of extra room to actually organize the things I kept and will now be able to find and use myself.
Thank you so much for all you do. Because of you decluttering for me is now FUN!! and heartwarming, too.
Love & Hugs,
FlyLady here: I am so proud of Linda Mae!
She is blessing herself and others!
Share with others anything you aren't using or loving!!
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/23/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #22":
I love to pamper myself by taking a bubble bath and reading a magazine or surfing the internet. I also love to light candles and watch a good movie with my DH.
Thank you for the latest note on pampering this month! I read a testimonial about getting your thyroid checked, and realized when I looked it up, that I am 7 months overdue to have mine tested! I also usually get my Vitamin D levels tested in October (I tend to go really low in the winter, living in Maine!) so to pamper myself, I just booked an appointment to go get both of those tested, tomorrow. It means rearranging my plans to fit in a trip to the doctor (30 minutes away) but I am just going to do it, and take some other things off tomorrow's to-do list!
Thanks for the reminder to take care of ourselves! I think I'll pick up a little bottle of my favorite perfume tonight, too!
Manicure and Pedicure, crocheting,
Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.
You are important and you deserve to take a little time for yourself every day.
I am so proud of you.
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/23/11:
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch
gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on
Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The
luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that
year, go visit with them.|
2. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
3. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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.
4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at email@example.com
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe! Love to all, Carol
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Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle (Bring a Torch,
- Traditional French Carol, first published in 1553
flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle --
Un flambeau! Courons au berceau!
C'est Jésus, bonnes gens du hameau.
Le Christ est né; Marie appelle!
Ah! Ah! Ah! Que la Mère est belle,
Ah! Ah! Ah! Que l'Enfant est beau!
Qui vient la, frappant de la porte?
Qui vient la, en frappant comme ça?
Ouvrez-donc, j'ai pose sur un plat
Des bons gateaux, qu'ici j'apporte
Toc! Toc! Toc! Ouvrons-nous la porte!
Toc! Toc! Toc! Faisons grand gala!
C'est un tort, quand l'Enfant sommeille,
C'est un tort de crier si fort.
Taisez-vous, l'un et l'autre, d'abord!
Au moindre bruit, Jésus s'éveille.
Chut! chut! chut! Il dort à merveille,
Chut! chut! chut! Voyez comme il dort!
Doucement, dans l'étable close,
Doucement, venez un moment!
Approchez! Que Jésus est charmant!
Comme il est blanc! Comme il est rose!
Do! Do! Do! Que l'Enfant repose!
Do! Do! Do! Qu'il rit en dormant!
torch, Jeanette, Isabella!
Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" midi courtesy of
a site located and recommended by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/18/04
"Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" French and English lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bring_a_Torch,_Jeanette,_Isabella - 12/24/11
"Merry Christmas" clip art courtesy of http://www.holidaygraphics.com/christmas/graphics/page2.html - 12/18/04
Candles clip art courtesy of
http://autumnweb.com/Roxys/Holidays/4Christmas2ndMiscClipartGrfx.html - 12/18/04
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of http://users.bigpond.net.au/jellery/index.htm - 04/25/09
Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by
my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
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