12/24/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Christmas Eve!
happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's no secret that I love absolutely everything about Christmas - even the things which might tend to annoy most people - but it's the Christmas music that I really love. And of all the hundreds of Christmas songs and carols, Silent Night is my absolute favorite.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6gnRvumDiA&NR=1 - Stille Nacht - The Innsbrucker Capellknaben
BONUS #2 - Silent Night - Bing Crosby
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6P3fCDQVMI - Olivia Newton John - WOW! Lovely rendition; it's interesting that she repeated the first verse in place of the third; probably more politically correct or something....
BONUS #4 - Silent Night - Enya - in Irish with subtitles and translations
BONUS #5 - Silent Night - Kelly Clarkson
BONUS #6 - Silent Night - Josh Groban
BONUS #7 - Silent Night -and Orchestra, 2012
|"Silent Night" (German: Stille Nacht,
heilige Nacht) is a popular
Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by
Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by
Joseph Mohr in the small town of
Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an
intangible cultural heritage by
in March 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers
from every music genre.
The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river. The young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had already written the lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" in 1816 at Mariapfarr, the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region, where Joseph had worked as a coadjutor.
The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Both performed the carol during the mass on the night of December 24.
The original manuscript has been lost. However a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr's handwriting and dated by researchers at ca. 1820. It shows that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr's handwriting.
In 1859, the Episcopal priest John Freeman Young, then serving at Trinity Church, New York City, published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The version of the melody that is generally used today is a slow, meditative lullaby, differing slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber's original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain.
The song was sung simultaneously in French, English and German by troops during the Christmas truce of 1914 during World War I, as it was one carol that soldiers on both sides of the front line knew.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Christmas Eve Birthday today toJames Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!
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;
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);
29 - Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND Kenny Lipscomb ('63) of VA AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA;
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!
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
THIS DAY IN1963:
|Tuesday, December 24, 1963 - Comedian and actress
Caroline Aherne was born Caroline Mary Aherne in
Tuesday, December 24, 1963 - Basketball player and sportscaster Jay Bilas was born Jay Scot Bilas.
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of AL - 12/23/13 - " Evey":
|"OH, NO!!! Why doesn't Uncle Brent have any HAIR?!?"|
|Brent and Evey|
From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 12/23/13 - "a minute and a half.":
TALK ABOUT GETTIN' " LIT UP " FOR CHRISTMAS !!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !!
As the story goes, the guy that owns this house lives north of Cincinnati (Mason, Ohio). Police were constantly being called for traffic jams and accidents in the neighborhood so they asked him to shut it down during certain hours. Instead he started charging by car load to pay off duty police to be there. The guy is supposedly a real computer GEEK! So click on the link below and enjoy!
Best Christmas Lights Display - Amazing Christmas display with 176 channels and 45,000 lights! The show is so popular that it requires a crew of 3 people to manage the traffic.
WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!
From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 12/23/13 - "It's that Time of Year":
Thanks so much, Don! Merry Christmas to you, too!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#4 in a Series of 28)":
|As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Neat things in life!
May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!
Thanks so much, George! These are cool!
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
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!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, January 2, 2014 -
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
2. Wednesday, February 12, 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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/16/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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Words by Josef Mohr (11 Dec 1792 - 05 Dec 1848), about 1816
Translated to English by John Freeman Young (30 Oct 1820 - 15 Nov 1885), 1863
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (25 Nov 1787 - 07 June 1963), about 1820
"This hymn’s history is the source
of some disagreement. The traditional story is that Mohr and Gruber
wrote it in Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Eve when they discovered the church organ was broken
(different versions say it rusted out, or mice chewed through vital parts). However, recent evidence
indicates this may be only folklore. An old manuscript has reportedly been discovered that shows
Franz Gruber wrote the score 2-4 years after Mohr wrote the lyrics. Whatever the truth, this carol
has been a Christmas favorite for almost 200 years."
night, holy night!
"Silent Night" midi and German and English lyrics courtesy of http://www.ylw.mmtr.or.jp/~johnkoji/hymn/xmas/ – 11/22/05
"Stille Nacht" history and "Silent Night" English lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/i/silntnit.htm - 12/23/05
Baby Jesus with Bluebird clip art courtesy of http://www.corlisselizabethwilliams.com/files/gimgs/ - 12/23/09
Holly Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ7.htm - 12/05/05
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
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
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05