12/24/15 - 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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5c39Sv8yx4 - Silent Night - Bing Crosby with the Mitchell Boys Choir, Philco Playhouse, December 19, 1948
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 to James 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 - Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND The late Kenny Lipscomb ('63) (deceased 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA!
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND The late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (deceased 05/11/15) 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!
150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 24, 1865 - The Ku Klux Klan was formed.|
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 IN1965:
|Friday, December 24, 1965 - Bass player, songwriter, and
The Semantics, and
Millard Powers was born Avery Millard Powers III in
Greensboro, North Carolina.
Friday, December 24, 1965 - Businessman John Black (b. John Paul Black on 10 Feb 1895 in Kingston upon Thames, London, England) died suddenly at Cheadle Hospital, Cheadle, Cheshire, England at the age of 70.
Friday, December 24, 1965 - Minister and theologian William M. Branham (b. William Marrion Branham 06 Apr 1909 in Cumberland County, Kentucky) was killed in a car accident in Amarillo, Texas at the age of 56.
|“I am saddened to see
Christmas becoming less and less about Christ and more and more about
marketing and sales, parties and presents.
“And yet, Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christmas.”
Thomas S. Monson,
|A 1958 Anchor is listed on eBay for only $19.99 plus free shipping! This is a rare bargain, so if you're missing yours, bidding ends on Monday evening. Mark your calendar!|
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/23/15 - "Merry Christmas":
!! & A Healthy & Happy New Year!!
Here's a really cool (but somewhat sappy) Christmas ecard.
Thanks so much, John! It so happens I like sappy! Besides, it's really adorable! Merry Christmas!
From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 12/22/15 - "Advent 2015":
Christmas in a Heartfelt, Invisible Way
By K. Brewster Hastings
Two words that likely come with
this kind of seeing in a season of grief are regret and hope. It is good
to hold these two words together as the Psalms frequently do. “This is
my comfort in my trouble; your promise gives me life (Ps 119:50).”
Regret and hope do not cancel each other out; they are like the two
different keys of a piano, the white (natural notes) and black (sharps,
flats). You decide which signifies which.
Thank you so much, Harry - AND Brewster! Merry Christmas!
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/23/14:
|Thank you so much, Tina! Merry Christmas!|
"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."
many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.”
- Emo Philips