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12/24/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Love Came Down at Christmas

(Fourth Sunday in Advent - Christmas Eve)

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

- John 13:34-35

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Love. I'm not positive, but I think I learned the carol as a child at Trinity Methodist Church. At any rate, it popped instantly into my mind to represent the theme of Christmas Love. I hadn't realized Christina Rossetti's sweet and simple poem had been set to music by at least four different composers, but this version is the gentle tune I remembered. I hope you enjoy it.

BONUS - - Love Came Down at Christmas - Matt Oltman and CORO Vocal Artists


"Love Came Down at Christmas" is a Christmas poem by Christina Rossetti. It was first published without a title in Time Flies: A Reading Diary in 1885. It was later included in the collection Verses in 1893 under the title "Christmastide".[1]

The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter[2] and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton".[3] More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs.[4] American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus.[5] A new setting by the British composer David J Loxley-Blount was performed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 December 2014 by the Financial Times Choir conducted by Paul Ayres. It was repeated by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on 11 December 2014.[6]

Studwell describes the poem as "simple, direct and sincere" and notes that it is a rare example of a carol which has overcome the disadvantage of "not having a tune (or two or three) which has caught the imagination of holiday audiences..."[7]


   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   the late Ron Miller ('59) (deceased 07/29/14) AND  Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND   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, One and All! 

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/22/17 - "   Gary Farnsworth - Happy Birthday":

Hi, Carol:

Put on your TYPHOON Conduit Hat. Oh, you never take it off, for sure. Happy Birthday to my old Marine Buddy/Typhoon Buddy, Gary Farnsworth. Thanks for posting his current photo in the Newsletter this week.

When I changed ISP far too many email addresses were dropped in the transition, and I lost Gary's email address, along with Ron Timberlake's email address.

If you have not heard the harrowing story of the Alaska Plane Crash from which Gary Farnsworth survived, I hope he will contribute to your Newsletter and share his experience of that event.

Several Marine Buddies had told me that Gary died in that crash. Yet, persistence pays off and I was able to locate Gary in Nevada not too long ago. I changed his Profile at Marines-Together We Served from "Deceased" to Assisted. So the photo helps bring his Profile up to date.

Thank You!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Major Madagan! I forwarded your birthday salutations to Gary! Merry Christmas!


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


Sunday, December 24, 1967 - Race walker Mikhail Shchennikov was born Mikhail Anatolyevich Shchennikov (Михаил Анатольевич Щенников) in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Sunday, December 24, 1967 - Singer and actress was born Karl Diedrich Bader in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sunday, December 24, 1967 - The co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, Burt Baskin (b. 17 Dec 1913 in Streator, Illinois), died of a heart attack at his home in Studio City, California one week after his 54th birthday.

“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, 1987
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/24/17:
   Thank you, Joan! Christmas Blessings to you!

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/22/17 - "State Trooper recalls Christmas Eve (Awesome)":

State Trooper recalls Christmas Eve (Awesome)

If this does not get you, ....... nothing will!!

     Thank you, Billy! You're right, that was awesome! Merry Christmas!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/22/17:

  EXCELLENT! Thank you, Susan! Merry Christmas!

“How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.” 

- Emo Philips
(b. 07 Feb 1956)


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 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.

- Luke 2:1-20

     Thank you so very much, Tammy! These have been a real treasure!

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!" - Mitten Gift Topper - "A simple single crochet pattern makes these mini mittens a holiday delight." - Roswitha Mueller's Quick and Easy Christmas Angels 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 KNIT PATTERN: - Cassandra Bibler's Snowdrop Mason Jar Cover - "This jar cozy is a perfect way to add a touch of candle-lit warmth to any room. Be sure to use a battery-operated candle in the jar, to be extra safe!"

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:,2322,159189-239200,00.html - Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze For Ham - I've used this recipe for forty-eleven years now! - 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! This 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! REMEMBER - If you're on thyroid replacement medication, replace the walnuts with pecans.


From - 12/23/17:
Beautician: "Did that mud pack I gave you for your girlfriend improve her appearance?"

Man: "It did for a while... then it fell off."

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -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.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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Poem by Christina Rossetti (05 Dec 1830 – 29 Dec 1894), 1885

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

"Love Came Down at Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/17/16

Fourth Sunday of Advent (LOVE) Image courtesy of - 11/26/16

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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