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12/24/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures
of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller,

thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”

- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

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 - David Archuleta and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night:

"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 UNESCO 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.[1] 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.[2] 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 carol has been translated into about 140 languages.[3][4]

The song was sung simultaneously in French, English and German by troops during the Christmas truce[5] 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;

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!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


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
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THIS DAY IN 1968:

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.

Monday, December 24, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II was born in Dallas, Texas.

Monday, December 24, 1968 - Runner Marleen Renders was born in Diest, Limburg, Belgium.


“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
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)


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


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/24/18, 4:47 AM - "A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS TWIST: 'Twas the Night Before Jesus!":
 

  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 follows.
 
‘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:
 

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

Love, Santa

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Santa Jim! Merry Christmas!  

 
 


From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 12/23/18:
 
   Thanks, Carlene! Merry Christmas!
 
 


    From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/24/18, 7:56 AM:
 

  Getting Ready.

Love, Santa

    Thank you, Santa Jim - be careful! Merry Christmas!  

 
 


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

- Emo Philips
(b. 07 Feb 1956)


BONUS QUICK 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 RECIPES:

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!


FINALLY:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/23/18:

A man told his friend, “I went to my doctor to see if he could help me give up smoking.”

“What did he say?”

“He suggested that every time I felt like a smoke I should reach for a bar of chocolate.”

“Did that do any good?”

“No, I can’t get the chocolate to light.”


DATES TO REMEMBER:

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 09, 2019 - 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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/24/16

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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910-584-8802

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the power of a drop
in the bucket."

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Silent Night

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."

 

Stille Nacht


1. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab' im lockigten Haar,
|: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! :|

2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
|: Jesus in deiner Geburt! :|

3. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn,
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt sehn,
|: Jesum in Menschengestalt! :|

4. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß,
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
|: Jesus die Völker der Welt! :|

5. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
|: Aller Welt Schonung verhieß! :|

6. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
|: "Jesus der Retter ist da!" :|

 

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.


 

 


"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

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 http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Thanks, Ruthie!

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

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