12/24/14 - 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 - Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND 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 Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND 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 David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
200 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 24, 1814 - The Treaty of Ghent was signed ending the War of 1812.|
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 24, 1914 - World War I: The "Christmas truce" began.|
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, Algeria 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 IN1964:
|Thursday, December 24, 1964 - Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bombed the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam to demonstrate they could strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.|
From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA -
For listing Nina Murphy's obituary
I forgot about telling you about Johnny.. He died in 2013 at age 69.
We have been very good friends and extended family members since 1971.
She was a very special part of our lives.
You're welcome, Kitty! You have my sincerest condolences on your loss.
From Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV - 12/24/14:
Found this extra photo; maybe you can use it for the website.
FYI: Birthday - 27 December
That's all for now.
Wishing you and family a wonderful, healthy Christmas Season and New Year 2015.
Thank you so much, Gary! I've added your image to the Alumni Page for your class, and your name to our birthday listings:
(We here seem to have bombed out on that "healthy" part.)
From Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - 12/24/14 - "Birthdays":
|Help! My birthday is
Dec. 30, not on the list. I'm still
Lucy Southall Propst in Williamsburg, VA
Thanks, Lucy! It is now:
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of LA - 12/23/14 - "100 Years Ago Today"
|Pretty awesome, huh?!
http://www.history.com/news/world-war-is-christmas-truce-100-years-ago - World War I’s Christmas Truce, 100 Years Ago
Thank you, Brent! That is one of my very favorite true stories!
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/23/14:
|Thank you so much, Tina!|
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/23/14 - "A fire hazard---one to watch!":
A public service notice!!!
YOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Wayne!
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/23/14:
|AMEN! Thank you again, Tina!|
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/23/14 - "My Favorite Flight Attendant":
|My Favorite Flight Attendant
Spend three minutes with a Southwest flight attendant team ...
Thank you, George! I DO love Southwest!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/23/14 - "The 12 Cats of Christmas: Sing Along!":
I'd like to share this story from Reader's Digest (rd.com) with you.
For some kitty fun. Hope you feel better soon.
Thank you, Joan!
What a hoot!
(I hope I feel better soon, too! )
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/23/14:
|Thanks again, Tina!|
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#12 in a series of 15)":
Laughs for the day………..
From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#24 in a Series of 24)":
|This year I decided to
share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a
tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in
December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.
Christmas Story Day 24,
the Nativity, Luke 2:1-20
|1 And it
came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar
Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And 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.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 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.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Thank you so very much, Tammy! These have been a real treasure!
CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
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!