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.
DearFriends 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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0-rt-i7SEg - Love Came Down at Christmas - Matt Oltman and CORO Vocal Artists
|"Love Came Down at Christmas" is a
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".
The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton". More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs. American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus. 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.
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..."
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 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;
Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA
Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA
('64) of MO!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/22/17 - " Gary Farnsworth - Happy Birthday":
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.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Thank you, Major Madagan! I forwarded your birthday salutations to Gary! Merry Christmas!
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 IN1967:
|Sunday, December 24, 1967 - Race walker
Mikhail Shchennikov was born Mikhail Anatolyevich Shchennikov (Михаил
Анатольевич Щенников) in
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,
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
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!|
many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.”
- Emo Philips
BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:
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
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 KNIT PATTERN:
|http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/snowdrop-mason-jar-cover - 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:
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!