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12/24/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Happy Christmas Eve!

“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
 for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call
me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me
great things; and holy [is] his name.”

- Luke 1: 46-49

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Ever since I was a child, Christmas Eve has been one of my favorite days of the year, even more so than Christmas Day.  I hope yours is a blessed one.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwWL8Y-qsJg - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSZg6sQ5J2k - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - The Edinburgh Singers

BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPeVIuRjUi4 - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Celtic Woman

BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfEXVMNY_sI - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Joel Hastings, piano

BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5dC-LFe_WM - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - pipe organ

BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkTKhnoBDto - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - elpols, guitar

BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzXtTdsJLtQ - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Well, this is... um.... different.....


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesu,_Joy_of_Man%27s_Desiring:

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is the most common English title of the 10th movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. A transcription by the English pianist Myra Hess (1890–1965) was published in 1926 for piano solo and in 1934 for piano duet.[1] The British organist Peter Hurford made his organ transcription for the chorale movement as well. Today, it is often performed at wedding ceremonies as well as during Christian festive seasons like Christmas & Resurrection Sunday slowly and reverently. This is however, apparently in defiance to the effect suggested by Bach in his original scoring,[2] for voices with trumpet, oboes, strings, and continuo. Written during his first year in Leipzig, Germany, this chorale movement is one of Bach's most enduring works.

Much of the music of Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben comes from Bach's Weimar period. This earlier version (BWV 147a) lacked the recitatives, but included the opening chorus and the four arias incorporated into the later version. For Leipzig, Bach added three recitatives and the celebrated chorale movement which concludes each of the two parts.[3]

Although it is the 32nd surviving cantata that Bach composed, it was assigned the number BWV 147 in the complete catalogue of his works.[4] Bach wrote a total of 200 cantatas during his time in Leipzig, largely to meet the Leipzig Churches' demand for about 58 different cantatas each year.

Contrary to the common assumption, the violinist and composer Johann Schop, not Bach, composed the movement's underlying chorale melody, Werde munter, mein Gemüthe; Bach's contribution was to harmonize and orchestrate it.[5] The frequent use of arrangements of the piece in modern weddings is in no way related to its scope or Bach's intent for it. Rather, it was one segment of an extended, approximately 20-minute treatment of a traditional Church hymn, as is typical of cantatas of the Baroque period...


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!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 24, 1939 - Pope Pius XII made a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.

December 24, 1941 - Hong Kong fell to the Japanese Imperial Army.

December 24, 1941 - Kuching was conquered by Japanese forces.

December 24, 1942 - Jean François Darlan, French admiral and collaborator in the Vichy government, was assassinated in Algiers by French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle.

December 24, 1943 - U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower became the Supreme Allied Commander.

December 24, 1944 - A German submarine torpedoed the Belgian transport ship S.S. Leopoldville with 2,235 soldiers aboard. About 800 American soldiers died. The soldiers were crossing the English Channel to be reinforcements at the battle that become known as the Battle of the Bulge
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THIS DAY IN 1962:

Monday, December 24, 1962 - It was Christmas Eve then, too, but apparently nothing else momentous happened that day. We went to see my grandmother in Richmond, and I remember that I was wearing a pale blue Dacron dress and silver-tone earrings and brooch with two shades of blue rhinestones - which I still have. Here I am wearing the same dress on Mother's Day of 1961.   As Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up."


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 12/23/12 - "NNHS News Letter":

Good Morning Carol,
 
I am writing again to support keeping the Memorial Editions of the News Letter!  I realize it is a great deal of work but find this the only outlet that many of us who live outside our Virginia homeland have for keeping updated on our old friends and classmates!
 
Thanks again for the many long hours you put it on the News Letter and don't forget to contact me anytime you need assistance in keeping your computer and website up and running!
 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and all of our Typhoon Family, and others who now follow the News Letter from other schools!
 
God Bless Everyone!
 
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63

    Thank you so much for your repeated kindnesses toward me, Butch! We'll be keeping the Memorial Editions. I've always considered it an extreme honor and privilege to be able to make them. I just had come to feel that they were not of value to as many people as I had hoped and perhaps had outlived their time.

   Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year's to you and Ethel!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 12/23/12 - "Merry Christmas ++++++++++++++++++++":

Merry Christmas!

I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone
a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
The birth Of Jesus Christ.

So, I am asking my email buddies,
if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to

Your email buddies, and so on... maybe we can prevent one more
American tradition from being lost in the sea of "Political Correctness".

In GOD we TRUST

Typhoon Forever
Everyday, every minute,
every breath is truly a gift from God

   Thanks so much, Brenda! Having wished one another Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule, and even Happy Festivus at the appropriate times this year as well because we like to celebrate everything together as one big happy Typhoon Family, it's time for Merry Christmas!  


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/22/12 - "NEW CHRISTMAS SONG....one of the best!":

Beautiful story and song.. enjoy....

About the Song
 
While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, "Where's the line to see Jesus"?
 
My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent the song off to Nashville without much response, except for a Christian song writer who suggested adding a bridge at the end of the first chorus. My dad then asked if I wanted to record the song to see what we could do with it. I listened to the song, made a few changes to the words to make it flow better, and we headed to Shock City Studios.
 
It was at the studio where Chris, owner and producer, rewrote the 2nd verse and part of the chorus... with goose bumps and emotions high, we were all hopeful and felt like we had something special. The demo was recorded in just under 2 hours and sent off again to Nashville ... still no response.
 
Then 2 weeks before Christmas last year, my cousins Greg and Robbie decided to do a video to see what we could accomplish on YouTube. The first day we had 3000 hits and it soared from there. We received e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages from people all over asking for the music, CD's, iTunes, anything... we had nothing. After a couple of meetings with Chris following the amazing response, we got serious. We headed back into the studio this past spring... this time with guitars, drums, bass, pianos, choirs... the real deal.... and here we are today.
 
Getting iTunes set up, a website put together, and loving that thousands upon thousands of Christians have come together... remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand. Hopefully Spencer's observation will cause people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus, and that one day we will all stand in line to see Him. We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to have this chance to share our music with you. Merry Christmas everyone. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
    WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Dools!


 


BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:

From http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/inspirational-christmas-stories8.htm:

"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


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/candy-cane/ - June Gilbank's Candy Cane - "This candy cane crochet pattern is so fast and simple, it’ll take no time to whip up enough to decorate your Christmas tree!"

http://www.bhg.com/christmas/crafts/crochet-mitten-gift-topper/ - Mitten Gift Topper - "A simple single crochet pattern makes these mini mittens a holiday delight."

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-and-easy-christmas-ornament - Roswitha Mueller's Quick and Easy Christmas Angels

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/candy-cane-christmas-ornament Doni Speigle's Candy Cane Ornament - "Stitch a batch of candy canes for Christmas! Quick and easy to make. Can be used as ornament, or package decoration."


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,2322,159189-239200,00.html - Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze For Ham - I've used this recipe for forty-eleven years now, and I'm actually making it today for my Christmas Eve Dinner ham!

http://www.recipelion.com/Pies/Old-Fashioned-Toll-House-Pie/ml/1 - Old Fashioned Toll House Pie - "Chocolate and walnuts give this delicious homemade pie recipe an unforgettable flavor that has been pleasing families for years. Easy to make, it tastes just like the famous Toll House cookies, but in pie form. Old Fashioned Toll House Pie's soft and chewy center will become a household favorite. Warm, delicious, and absolutely heavenly, enjoy it with a scoop of ice cream of whipped cream." - WOWZERONI! I carried this on the 11/10/12 Newsletter but I had not actually made it until now. It takes a full hour to bake, but it can be thrown together so quickly and fills your home with such a divine aroma that I'm offering it to you again with my highest personal recommendation!


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#20 in a Series of 23)":
 
  THESE ARE GREAT! THEY WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY!

   MORE AWW! How sweet - thank you, Gentlemen!

 
 


FINALLY:

From http://www.ahajokes.com/christmas_jokes.html:
 
"Enter the Pearly Gates"

Three men die in a car accident on Christmas Eve. They all find themselves at the pearly gates waiting to enter Heaven. On entering they must present something relating or associated with Christmas.

The first man searches his pocket, and finds some Mistletoe, so he is allowed in.

The second man presents a cracker, so he is also allowed in.

The third man pulls out a pair of stockings.

Confused at this last gesture, St. Peter asks, "How do these represent Christmas?"

Answer... "They're Carol's."


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 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.

3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 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:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/17/12

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



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

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
 

Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
darum lass' ich Jesum nicht
aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.

(from BWV 147, Chorale movement no. 10)

Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe,
o wie feste halt' ich ihn,
dass er mir mein Herze labe,
wenn ich krank und traurig bin.
Jesum hab' ich, der mich liebet
und sich mir zu eigen giebet,
ach drum lass' ich Jesum nicht,
wenn mir gleich mein Herze bricht.

(from BWV 147, Chorale movement no. 6)

Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy Wisdom, Love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls, aspiring,
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashion'd,
With the fire of life impassion'd,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying, round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings!
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.


"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" midi courtesy of http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 12/22/07

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" German and English lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesu,_Joy_of_Man's_Desiring -12/23/07

Image of Simon Dewey's "His Name Shall Be called Wonderful" courtesy of http://www.whatsaiththescripture.com/Jehovah/Glory_Majesty_Christmas.html - 12/22/07

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars36.html - 10/10/05

Animated Tiny 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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

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