12/24/18 - 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 - Stille Nacht - The Innsbrucker Capellknaben
BONUS #2 - Silent Night - Bing Crosby
BONUS #3 - Silent Night - 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, 1999
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) (d. 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA;
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND the late Ron Miller ('59) (d. 07/29/14) AND Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND the late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (d. 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!
200 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 24, 1818 - The first performance of "Silent Night" took place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.|
150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|December 24, 1868 - The Greek Presidential Guard was established as the royal escort by King George I.|
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 IN1968:
|Monday, December 24, 1968 - Apollo program: The crew of Apollo 8 entered into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed ten lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures.|
|“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!|
|Here's my Christmas Eve blog. It involves a complete rewrite of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to detail the real meaning of what the birth of Christ signifies. I find it beautiful and compelling, but some may not want to face the truth of what is expected of us. You be the judge for yourself. After all our faith ultimately involves how we individually live our lives. But God bless you all as we enter the Joy of Christmas which is officially here tomorrow.|
|The birth of Christ and what lt leads to is Eternity for all who believe.||And behold, a white horse. And He who sat on Him was called Faithful and True.|
The poem you are about to read, written from a baseline of the much
loved poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was written by an anonymous
author. I don't think I could have said it better. It was read in my church this
Sunday as part of our Christmas service. Being a beautiful and small, old
country church, we share our minister with another like church and we alternate
a Christmas Eve service between the two sister churches. So, this service was
the "Big Kahuna" for this season and it was beautiful and the content of the
poem touched me so directly that I asked him for a copy and he gave me one. I
thought it was perfect for Christmas, as a reminder of what is really
important. You see, while we enjoy the lights, the presents, the parties and
laughter of the children as a fun part of Christmas, we must never fail to
remember what Christmas really is about. The real meaning is eternal. The rest,
when all is said and done, is just a mere blip on the radar screen of life.
Believe in Him by faith and put Him first in everything and really live. That is
the real message of Christmas. This is the message of the revised poem which
‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care in hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not once ever kneeling or bowing a head; and Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap, was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY.
The light of His face made me cover my head, it was Jesus returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand, was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name, when He said “It’s not in here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without sound, while all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my own fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; the coming of Jesus is now drawing near. There’s only one life and when comes the last call; we’ll find that the Bible was true after all.
Thank you so much, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA
- 12/20/18, 8:09 AM AND 12/22/18, 9:27 PM:
Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Santa Jim! Merry Christmas!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA
- 12/24/18, 7:56 AM:
many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.”
- Emo Philips
BONUS QUICK CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
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 RECIPES:
Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze For Ham - I've used this recipe for forty-eleven years now!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/24/16
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
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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
Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece
Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16