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12/24/20 - 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


"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.


   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 The late Patsy Bloxom Meider (d. 10/09/20) ('57) 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!


December 24, 820 - Emperor Leo V was assassinated in the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople and was succeeded by Michael II.


December 24, 1920 - Gabriele D'Annunzio surrendered the Italian Regency of Carnaro in the city of Fiume to Italian armed forces.


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


December 24, 1970 - Author and academic Adam Haslett was born in Rye, New York.

December 24, 1970 - Actor Amaury Nolasco was born Amaury Nolasco Garrido in Puerto Rico.

“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 Me ('65) of NC - 12/11/08:

   I'm accustomed to frequently holding a minority opinion, but I may be one of the only people in the country who views the "problem (of spiritual vs. secular Christmas observances)" as I do. Perhaps that's because I arrived at this conclusion when I was six years old, and never saw enough cause or reason to amend it.

   I used to lie awake nights in the days and weeks both preceding and following Christmas, and ponder this in my heart. It was those song lyrics that started it all for me:

     He sees you when you're sleeping
     He knows when you're awake
     He knows if you've been bad or good
     So be good for goodness sake!

   How could that be?!? Only Heavenly Father had that capability - and yet....

   Then there was the matter of finding me (and presumably all those other children as well). How did Santa Claus know that in 1953, I would be spending Christmas in Richmond, instead of at Clintwood where we had lived all year??  And in 1954, when we had moved to Stuart Homes in a second floor apartment, how was he going to navigate with no chimney to descend??

   And most of all, there remained that question of how did Santa know about The Most Beautiful Doll in the World who inexplicably showed up under my grandmother's tree when I was six years old??  I had told not a soul how much I wanted her!  I had not even dared hope for such a thing.

   Christmas 1953

   I worried and wondered and pondered - until I remembered something I had heard - Heavenly Father often uses people on earth to accomplish His missions and goals.  Surely that was the answer - that was the job and role of Santa Claus - to spread joy at the direction of his Heavenly Father who carefully instructed him!  And if Santa couldn't do it all himself, then surely he delegated others to help him.

   So it all made sense at last.  And the two were not at cross purposes; they were simply elements of all that was good and right and beautiful with the world - which included gorgeous decorations to bring us joy, as though the earth itself was ecstatic to celebrate the birth of Christ - and Hanukkah - and a Winter Solstice - and whatever other wonders (such as snowfalls) converged at this blessed time of year, so we can all rejoice together.

   And that is why I love everything about Christmas, even all the things which tend to annoy and disturb others, because that's the way my childlike mind prefers to perceive it.

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/24/20, 6:06 AM:

  Good morning on Christmas Eve Day. Yes, we are here and I want to use my greeting this morning to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas, one filled with love, joy and peace as we celebrate the Birth of the Prince of Peace.

I also pray that in these days of so much turmoil, suffering and even internal strife, that Americans can find a way to live as the Prince would have us do with understanding and patience replacing strive and evil deeds in all of our lives. And may God bless each and every one of you. I will have my special Christmas Eve blog up later, a story that I think you might enjoy, especially if you are a kid at heart like me. Now, go have some fun, plus and little prayer and devotion for what we celebrate and ENJOY!

The kiddies had better be in bed for here he comes. The ultimate White Christmas in my dreams.

   Thank you, 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 - 12/24/20, 2:19 PM:

      Thank you, Santa Jim - stay safe! Merry Christmas!  

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

- Emo Philips
(b. 07 Feb 1956)


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."


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 or 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!

From - 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.”

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/20/20

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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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 – 11/22/05

"Stille Nacht" history and "Silent Night" English lyrics courtesy of - 12/23/05

Baby Jesus with Bluebird clip art courtesy of - 12/23/09

Holly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 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 - 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 - 12/08/05

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

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