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"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......And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

- Luke 2: 7, 10-12

12/25/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
Merry Christmas!

"Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.... And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying: Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world.... And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given."

- 3 Nephi 1: 10, 12-14

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I do hope your Christmas Day has been one you will always cherish.

BONUS #1 - Away In A Manger - Susan Boyle, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 2010

BONUS #2 - Away In A Manger - King's College Choir, Cambridge, 2015

BONUS #3 - Away in a Manger - Celtic Woman

BONUS #4 - Away in a Manger - Kids Stuff and Things

BONUS #5 - Away in a Manger - pipe organ

BONUS #6 - Away in a Manger - D.W. Solomons - interesting video

BONUS #7 - Away in a Manger - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2013



Of the 41 settings listed by Richard S. Hill in his article entitled "Not so far away in a Manger, forty-one settings of an American carol," published in the Music Library Association Notes (second series) III, no. 1 for December 1945,[3] the one most commonly printed in the U.S. is Murray's, which is typically given the name "Mueller." The first half of the melody is identical to the beginning of the second theme of Waltz #4, transposed down a fourth, in G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr., composed 19 years earlier.[8]

"Away in a Manger" is a Christmas carol first published in 1885 in Philadelphia and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain it is one of the most popular carols, a 1996 Gallup Poll ranking it joint second.[1]

The song was first published with two verses in an Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School collection, Little Children's Book for Schools and Families (1885), where it simply bore the title "Away in a Manger" and was set to a tune called "St. Kilda," credited to J.E. Clark.[2]

For many years the text was credited to the German Protestant reformer Martin Luther. Research has shown, however, that this is nothing more than a fable.[3] In the book Dainty songs for little lads and lasses for use in the kindergarten, school and home, by James R. Murray,[4] (Cincinnati, The John Church Co., 1887) it bears the title "Luther's Cradle Hymn" and the note, "Composed by Martin Luther for his children, and still sung by German mothers to their little ones."[5] A possible reason for the spurious attribution to Luther is that the 400th anniversary of his birth was in 1883. The words were either based on a poem written for this anniversary or were credited to Luther as a clever marketing gimmick.[6] This song has never been found in Luther's works.

The third stanza, "Be near me, Lord Jesus" was first printed in Gabriel's Vineyard Songs (1892), where it appeared with a tune by Charles H. Gabriel (simply marked "C"), thus these words are probably by Gabriel. Gabriel credited the entire text to Luther and gave it the title "Cradle Song." This verse is sometimes attributed to Dr. John McFarland, but since the popular story dates his contribution to 1904 (postdating the 1892 printing by 12 years), his contribution is highly questionable.[7]

The tune "Cradle Song" was written by William J. Kirkpatrick for the musical Around the World with Christmas (1895) and is an adaptation of the melody originally composed in 1837 by Jonathan E. Spilman to "Sweet Afton". One example is Sergio Franchi, who covered it on his Billboard Top 40 RCA Victor album, The Heart of Christmas.[9] Thus, there are two different melodies for "Away In A Manger". Each setting has a harmony version for S, A, T, B.

The two tunes actually fit together quite well. An arrangement by Christopher Erskine combining both settings (harmony), first heard in 1996 in Canberra at the annual pair of joint Carol Services in Manuka, performed by the choirs of St Paul's Church (Anglican) and St Christopher's Cathedral (Roman Catholic). In this version the Kirkpatrick setting is sung by one choir, and the Murray setting by the other choir, alternating through the first two verses. Both settings are sung together for the third verse.

A very popular arrangement in Britain and most other English-speaking countries, is Sir David Willcocks' version of the carol. This version is often performed by the English choirs.

German eurodance group Cascada recorded a version for their 2012 Christmas album, It's Christmas Time.



    Happy Christmas Day Birthday today 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;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND  Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



December 25, 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrived at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

December 25, 1941 - The Battle of Hong Kong ended, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

December 25, 1941 - Admiral Émile Muselier seized the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which became the first part of France to be liberated by the Free French Forces.



December 25, 1970 - Footballer and manager Emmanuel Amunike was born in Eziobodo, Nigeria.

December 25, 1970 - Basketball player Rodney Dent was born in Edison, Georgia.

December 25, 1970 - Photographer and journalist Michael Peto (b. 1908 in Bata, Austria-Hungary) died at the age of 62.


“There is yet time this year to extend the helping hand, the loving heart, and the willing spirit—in other words, to follow the example set by our Savior and to serve as He would have us serve. As we serve Him, we will not forfeit our opportunity, as did the innkeeper of old, to make time for Him in our lives and room for Him in our hearts. Can we comprehend the magnificent promise contained in the message of the angel given to the shepherds abiding in the field: 'I bring you good tidings of great joy. … For unto you is born this day … a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord'? As we exchange gifts at Christmas, may we remember, appreciate, and receive that greatest gift of all gifts—the gift of our Savior and Redeemer, that we might have eternal life.”

-  Thomas S. Monson
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/25/17:
   Thank you, Joan! Merry Christmas to you!


From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/23/19, 2:22 PM:


      Thank you, Janice! Merry Christmas to you!



  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/25/20 - "Christmas 1942":

     These images are EVEN older than I am!

   Here we see the grandparents and beloved aunt of  the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, my Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of Northern VA and NC,     my Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA, and   Me, Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC, and of the late Margaret Buckley (06 Aug 1935 - 28 Nov 2008).

   I thought y'all might enjoy seeing their tree, and marvel at how styles of Christmas trees have changed through the years.



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 12/25/18, 2:37 AM - "CHRISTMAS, XMAS, AND HOLIDAYS":



Here's a little word history (etymology) of possible interest to you at this time of year, based primarily on my studies of both Anglo Saxon (Old English) and the History of the English Language at UNC-Chapel Hill. The photos are from various sources I accessed via Google.

The word CHRISTMAS comes from the Old English (OE) words Cristes (possessive form of Christ: "Christ's" ) + maesse ("mass," the Roman Catholic eucharistic service). The two words became 1 word in the mid-14th century: thus, in Middle English (ME), Cristemasse, or Cristmas.

XMAS is a centuries-old Christian abbreviation for Christmas and is properly pronounced as "Christmas." The first letter of the word "Christ" in Greek (Xpioto) is X ("chi"). The letter X for Christ is as old as the symbol of the fish, which also often included the Greek word for fish--IXOYE (see photo 1), with the letters standing for "Jesus (I) Christ (X) God (O) Son (Y) Savior (E). X + P combined (the first 2 letters of "Christ" in Greek) was another early symbol of Christ and still used on labarum in some Christian churches (see photo 2 below). In England, Xres maesse (OE: "Christ's mass") was in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (c. 1100). Early scribes and early printers also used X + other letters to stand for "Christian" (Xian) & other words based on "Christ."

In the 19th & most of the 20th century, XMAS was often used on Christmas cards and postcards (see photo 3), in ads, and in many other places, because people (particularly Christians) knew that X meant Christ. In recent decades, however, some people have erroneously concluded that XMAS is an attempt to "Take Christ out of Christmas." Nothing could be further from the truth.

The word HOLIDAY is also of Christian origin. It goes back over 1000 years to the Old English word haligdaeg, a compound of the words halig ("holy") + "daeg" ("day"). Haligdaegs ("holy days") were days of religious festivals on the Christian calendar, particularly Christmas and Easter. Over the centuries, the spelling and pronunciation gradually changed. By about 1200, the word was spelled haliday. By the 14th &15th centuries, as Old English evolved into Middle English (Chaucer's English is a Middle English dialect), the word meant both "religious festival" and "day of recreation," since those celebrating were freed from work at that time. The modern spelling, holiday, came into being around the time of Shakespeare.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS has meant "Happy Holy Days" for numerous centuries. It is not something newly invented to offend Christians. Since the invention of Christmas cards (in England, in the mid--1800s) it has been a common practice in fact for Christians to send fellow Christians cards worded "Happy Holidays"--or "Season's Greetings," "Yuletide Greetings," "Peace on Earth"--as well as cards worded "Merry Christmas." "Happy Holidays" is also an appropriate greeting for those who practice religions other than Christianity, yet also have their "holy days" in December (Hanukkah, for example).

   Thank you so very much, Jane! I've been aware of the gist of this since at least 1963, but I delight in the details! Merry Christmas!


As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”

- Buddy Hackett
(31 Aug 1924 - 30 June 2003)



Trish Young's Super Quick Penguin Tots - "Super quick to make and hardly uses any yarn!"



32 Easy Knitted Gifts That You Can Make In Hours - "Need some cool knitting projects to add to your list for making DIY Christmas presents? I love knitting, but with the holidays coming up, I already find myself with limited time on my hands. Quick knitted gifts are the way to go..."



  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/24/16:

   This is one of my favorite recipe combinations which I've made for forty-eleven years.

Southern Spicy Ginger Bread

  2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup melted butter
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  2 teaspoons soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons ginger
1 cup boiling water
   Add beaten eggs to sugar, molasses, and melted butter. Then add dry ingredients which have been mixed and sifted. Add gradually, the boiling water to the mixture and bake at 350 degrees in individual or shallow pans. Serve with warm lemon sauce. May top with whipped cream.

- Mrs. M. H. Marshall, Appomattox County, Virginia

Lemon Sauce (DeLuxe)

  Butter size of large egg
1 cup sugar
1 egg
  1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 lemon (juice and most of rind, grated)
1/3 cup boiling water
Cream butter and sugar well. Add well beaten egg, nutmeg, juice and rind of lemon. Beat several minutes, then add slowly the boiling water. Bring just to boil (do not boil).

- Mrs. Ruth Robertson, Lancaster County, Virginia



From - 12/24/17:

Q. Why did the computer show up at work late?

A. It had a hard drive.


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   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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Away in a Manger

Verse 3 is by John T. McFarland (1851-1913), 1904

Music (Cradle Song) by William J. Kirkpatrick, 1895

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

“Away in a Manger” midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/08/07

Webmistress' Note: Of the five available tunes for this cherished carol, I have chosen to use my personal favorite.

Animated Baby Jesus with Lambs clip art courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/07/07
Thanks so much, Glenn!

Animated Christmas Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

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!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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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