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12/26/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Boxing Day!

It's getting bigger and bigger (Boxing Day) because of the gift card
phenomenon. It's a no-brainer as a gift, you just give $50 on a gift
card and then the person can zip out and get what they want.”

- John Winter

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Let's pretend we all celebrate this day.

BONUS #1 - - Good King Wenceslas - The Irish Rovers

BONUS #2 - - Good King Wenceslas - Choir of Westminster Abbey

BONUS #3 - - Good King Wenceslas - The Skydiggers

BONUS #4 - - Good King Wenceslas - Yorkminster, 1995

BONUS #5 - - Good King Wenceslas - Blackmore's Night

BONUS #6 - Good King Wenceslas - Mannheim Steamroller, 1984

BONUS #7 - - Good King Wenceslas - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

HOMEWORK: - How to Celebrate Boxing Day


"Good King Wenceslas" is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of Good King Wenceslas braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935).

In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the "Wenceslas" lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853.[1][2] Neales' lyrics were set to a tune based on a 13th century spring carol "Tempus adest floridum" ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

Wenceslas was considered a martyr and a saint immediately after his death in the 10th century, when a cult of Wenceslas grew up in Bohemia and in England.[3] Within a few decades of Wenceslas's death four biographies of him were in circulation.[4][5] These hagiographies had a powerful influence on the High Middle Ages conceptualization of the rex justus, or "righteous king"—that is, a monarch whose power stems mainly from his great piety, as well as from his princely vigor.[6]

Referring approvingly to these hagiographies, the chronicler Cosmas of Prague, writing in about the year 1119, states:[7]

But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.

Several centuries later the legend was claimed as fact by Pope Pius II,[8] who himself also walked ten miles barefoot in the ice and snow as an act of pious thanksgiving.[9]

Although Wenceslas was, during his lifetime, only a duke, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I posthumously "conferred on [Wenceslas] the regal dignity and title" and that is why, in the legend and song, he is referred to as a "king".[10] The usual English spelling of Duke Wenceslas's name, Wenceslaus, is occasionally encountered in later textual variants of the carol, although it was not used by Neale in his version.[11] Wenceslas is not to be confused with King Wenceslaus I of Bohemia (Wenceslaus I Premyslid), who lived more than three centuries later.

The tune is that of "Tempus adest floridum" ("It is time for flowering"), a 13th-century spring carol first published in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones in 1582. Piae Cantiones is a collection of seventy-four songs compiled by Jaakko Suomalainen, the Protestant headmaster of Turku Cathedral School, and published by Theodoric Petri, a young Catholic printer. The book is a unique document of European songs intended not only for use in church, but also schools, thus making the collection a unique record of secular (as opposed to sacred), children's songs of the late medieval period.[12]

A text beginning substantially the same as the 1582 "Piae" version is also found in the German manuscript collection Carmina Burana as CB 142, where it is substantially more carnal; CB 142 has clerics and virgins playing the "game of Venus" (goddess of love) in the meadows, while in the Piae version they are praising the Lord from the bottom of their hearts.[13][14]

The text of Neale's carol bears no relationship to the words of "Tempus Adest Floridum".[15] In or around 1853, G. J. R. Gordon, Queen Victoria's envoy and minister in Stockholm, gave a rare copy of the 1582 edition of Piae Cantiones to English hymnwriter John Mason Neale, Warden of Sackville College, East Grinstead, Sussex and to the Reverend Thomas Helmore (Vice-Principal of St. Mark's College, Chelsea). The book was entirely unknown in England at that time. Neale translated some of the carols and hymns, and in 1853, he and Helmore published twelve carols in Carols for Christmas-tide (with music from Piae Cantiones). In 1854, they published a dozen more in Carols for Easter-tide and it was in these collections that Neale's original hymn was first published.

John Mason Neale published the carol "Good King Wenceslas" in 1853, although he may have written his carol some time earlier, since he carried on the legend of St. Wenceslas (the basis of this story) in his Deeds of Faith (1849). Neale was known for his devotion to High Church traditions. According to older Czech sources, Neale's lyrics are a translation of a poem by Czech poet Václav Alois Svoboda, written in Czech, German and Latin.[16]

The hymn's lyrics take the form of five eight-line stanzas in four-stress lines. Each stanza has an ABABCDCD rhyme scheme with the even-numbered lines ending in two-syllable (so-called "feminine") rhymes. In the musical setting the usually unstressed final syllables in these two-syllable rhymes (e.g. Stephen/even) are prolonged as two half-notes (British "minims") bulking each of these lines out to the requisite four stresses. Musically speaking, each line comprises two 4/4 measures.

Neale's words are now in the public domain.[17]* MIDI recording of the melody "Tempus Adest Floridum".

Academics tend to be critical of Neale's textual substitution. H. J. L. J. Massé wrote in 1921:

Why, for instance, do we tolerate such impositions as "Good King Wenceslas?" The original was and is an Easter is marked in carol books as "traditional", a delightful word which often conceals ignorance. There is nothing traditional in it as a carol.[18]

A similar sentiment is expressed by the editors (Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw and Ralph Vaughan Williams) in the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols, which is even more critical of Neale's carol.[19]

This rather confused narrative owes its popularity to the delightful tune, which is that of a Spring carol...Unfortunately Neale in 1853 substituted for the Spring carol this Good King Wenceslas, one of his less happy pieces, which E. Duncan goes so far as to call "doggerel", and Bullen condemns as "poor and commonplace to the last degree". The time has not yet come for a comprehensive book to discard it; but we reprint the tune in its proper setting...not without hope that, with the present wealth of carols for Christmas, Good King Wenceslas may gradually pass into disuse, and the tune be restored to spring-time.[19]

Elizabeth Poston, in the Penguin Book of Christmas Carols, referred to it as the "product of an unnatural marriage between Victorian whimsy and the thirteenth-century dance carol". She goes on to detail how Neale's "ponderous moral doggerel" does not fit the light-hearted dance measure of the original tune, and that if performed in the correct manner "sounds ridiculous to pseudo-religious words"......[20]

   This is far more history than I usually print, but I got such a kick out of it!  Back in 1952,              my mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999)  gave        my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and me a large pamphlet of Christmas carols, which we both loved. (No, we don't still own it, but I was able to locate one on eBay which has the same inner pages, albeit with a different cover.) This carol was included in it, and I really liked it. Mama apparently did not like this song any more than the above mentioned Ms. Poston did, though for a different reason.  As far as I could ever learn, her main objection to it was the double octave jump in the last three notes - the very thing I thought was so super exciting!

   Similarly she had some aversion to "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" which we both adored - no reason, just her policy!  She was the coolest!

   Hey, maybe she would have preferred this version: - Good King Wenceslas - Horrible Histories


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND   Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA  AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND The late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (deceased 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 26, 1943 - The German warship Scharnhorst was sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.

December 26, 1944 - George S. Patton's Third Army broke the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.



Sunday, December 26, 1965 - Apparently nothing whatsoever happened anywhere in the world today...


An act of justice closes the book on a misdeed; an act of vengeance writes one of its own.

- Marilyn vos Savant
(b.11 Aug 1946)


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/24/15 - "Getting Old":

It would be funny if it weren't true!!!!

Sound like anybody you know?

A group of elderly friends were sitting around talking about all their ailments at a favorite restaurant.

"My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said one.

"Yes, I know," said another. My cataracts are so bad; I can't even see my coffee."

"I couldn't even mark an "X" at election time because my hands are so crippled," volunteered a third.

"What? Speak up! What? I can't hear you, said one elderly lady.

I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck," said one, to which several nodded weakly in agreement.

"My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!" exclaimed another.

"I forget where I am and where I'm going," said another..

"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man as he slowly shook his head. The others nodded in agreement.

"Well, count your blessings," said a woman cheerfully... Thank God we can all still drive.

     PAINFUL GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne! Happy New Year!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/22/15 - "Sky's the Limit and All of Your Strength":

  Lol, if I say I won't be able to get to another email the next week, it seems I do.

Some of us are going to to be having a warm Christmas, but as shown with the frozen snowman it may not be a bad thing.



A real woman is a man's best friend. She will never stand him up and never let him down. She will reassure him when he feels insecure and comfort him after a bad day. She will inspire him to do things he never thought he could do; to live without fear and forget regret. She will enable him to express his deepest emotions and give in to his most intimate desires. She will make sure he always feels as though he's the most handsome man in the room and will enable him to be the most confident, sexy, seductive and invincible man alive.

No wait...sorry. I am thinking of Scotch. It's Scotch that does all that.



Make it a team effort: Team up with a friend or family member to host the party. Tag-team hosting can cut your expenses in half, reduce your workload and double your potential guest list -- just make sure you choose the right co-host and not a slacker.

Borrow stuff: Rather than buying disposable glasses, utensils and plates, borrow from family and friends. Put the word out you need help with
decorations and festive CDs for the event.

Clean your house. If you are anything like me you save gift bags, boxes, tissue paper, ribbons, bows, decorations and even wrapping paper (yes, I have been known to reuse particularly nice wrapping paper). Now is the time to take an inventory of all that holiday paraphernalia BEFORE you start buying new stuff at the stores. You'll be amazed at what you have left over (and stuffed in a closet) from last year.

Comparison shop for food: start clipping coupons and comparing prices at area grocery stores, dollar stores and warehouse clubs.

Plan quantities carefully: Avoid under- and over-buying food, only to end up with a refrigerator full of fattening treats. For example: Plan 6-ounces of meat, three ounce of cheese and 1-2 rolls per person.

Go with a potluck: Most people, at least those with any manners, will ask what they can bring. Don't hesitate to spread the expense around a bit by encouraging a pot-luck atmosphere. Those who shy away from cooking can always bring chips and dip or drinks.


Wisdom Tip

By Isabel Goetz from Monterrey USA.

Sky´s the limit
If you did all the things you are capable of doing, you would literally amaze yourself.


*-- Top 7 Christmas Beauty Tips --*

Whether you're driving home for Christmas to see family, or heading out to glitzy parties to see old friends over the festive period, no doubt you'll want to look your best. With these top seven Christmas beauty tips you'll be looking gorgeous for those under-the-mistletoe moments.

Party Make-up

Party make-up has to be right if you want to look beautiful at Christmas. The key to looking great for your Christmas party is to put on your eye shadow first. Then apply your foundation and any other make-up you want to wear. This way you know that any loose eye shadow won't fall in those places you don't want it.

Simple Up 'Do

Christmas is such a frantic time that it can be difficult to find the energy to fuss over hair styles. Yet if you want to look fantastic then one of the best beauty tips you can master is the art of simple hairdos. If you want to put your hair up, try twisting one section from the front of your hair; once twisted, pin into place at the back of your head. Repeat with the other side. Then take the remainder of your hair and tie a messy bun. This look is elegant, simple and more importantly quick.

Glittery Lips

Nothing says Christmas like glitter, and slathering some sparkly goodness on your pout will definitely bring you some Christmas cheer this year. To master the look, line your lips with a light colored lip pencil and add foundation to the corners of your mouth. Then apply a creamy lipstick using a lip brush before using a flat brush to add on your glitter. You can finish with a gloss. To glam up your lips even more add some clear lip gloss. The one thing to bear in mind if you're considering having glittery lips for a Christmas do is that drinking, eating and kissing may be off limits; so weigh up your priorities before donning a glitter pout.

Tired Eyes

All those nights partying to Mariah Carey and Wham! is bound to leave even young eyes looking tired. To make sure you stay looking bright and alert over Christmas give yourself a little eye massage to get rid of puffy eyes. Begin at the corner of one of your eyes and work your way up, between your brow bone and your eye, rubbing as you go until you reach the outer edge of your eye. Repeat along your lower lash line. Also, be careful about where you apply your blusher as applying it too high can make you look tired.

Flat Stomach

For most of us, a flat, washboard stomach is like the elixir of life - a distant, priceless dream that will never become a reality. Yet we have a few tricks that might make that flat tummy achievable. Firstly, try taking peppermint capsules or aloe vera juice. Each do a fantastic job in supporting the digestive system and both can help you achieve a flat stomach by preventing bloating. So that you can look amazing in your Christmas outfit, you can also cut out certain foods that can cause excessive gas and
bloating. Try to limit things that contain refined sugar, or fermented products like cheese and alcohol.

Have A Great Time

We're about to reveal one of the best beauty Christmas tips of all time, so sit comfortably and listen up. Here it is: enjoy yourself. It sounds so simple, but whatever you're up to this Christmas, make sure you spend time with people you like and spend at least some time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Having a great time is the perfect beauty treatment because when you're having a great time it shows: your skin glows, your eyes brighten and everyone warms to you and wants to spend time with you.


Mountain Wings

All Of Your Strength

A man and his 10-year-old son were hiking the back trails.

The boy stopped to inspect a medium-sized boulder at the side of the trail.

"Dad, do you think I can move that rock?"

The man eyeballed the rock and said, "Yes son, if you use all your strength, you can move that rock."

The boy braced against the rock and pushed and strained with all his might...the rock didn't budge.

"Well, Dad, you were wrong, I can't move that rock."

"No son, I wasn't wrong, I said that if you used all your strength you could move that rock.

But you didn't use all your strength... because you didn't ask me for help."

~Author Unknown~


It's A Long Night

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice usually occurs on December 21st or 22nd.

Worldwide, daylight is the shortest and darkness is the longest of any day of the year. Even though this is the shortest day of the year, there are many who will get more done today than others will get done on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

It's not the length of the day that matters.
It's not the length of the night that matters.

It's the strength of the person and purpose in the day or night that matters.

When you wake in the morning, remember each day forward you will have more day and less night. What you do with it is up to you.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you, Shari! Happy New Year!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/23/15 - "How to Bathe a Cat":

How to Bathe a Cat

I am cracking up over this one.

  Thanks, Dools! Happy New Year!


      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/23/15:


    Thanks, Jean! I just can't stop giggling over this one! Happy New Year!



“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

- Oscar Wilde
(16 Oct 1854 - 30 Nov 1900)


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related): - Cat's Ladybug, Beret and Scarf Set - "This is one of the cutest designs you will ever see. With this free crochet pattern you can make a matching crochet ladybug beret and scarf set. 8 ply yarn is used for the cutest look ever." - Cat's Crocodile Stitch Adult Hat - Cari Clement's Colorful Paolo Purse - "This is an easy free crochet bag pattern that you will love to have for yourself. Double crochet and single crochet is used for this pattern. It can hold your hooks or other small items."

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole - "Finding good pot luck recipes for a crowd is a difficult task, especially when you are dealing with picky eaters. With Crowd-Pleasing Vegetable Casserole you'll impress everyone, both kids and adults. You can use your favorite frozen vegetable mix to suit your friends' and family's tastes. Creamy and delicious, it will become a party favorite. Bring it to your next pot luck and watch as it is the first to be eaten." - Better Than Anything Scotcheroos - "Scotcheroos, if you aren't familiar, are like a cousin of the more famous Rice Krispy Treat. Made with chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch, this recipe for Better Than Anything Scotcheroos is positively addictive. Once you take a bite of this indulgent dessert, you'll find it hard not to have a second or a third piece. That's how you know you've found one of the best dessert bar recipes out there... you just can't stop eating them!" - No Bake Hillbilly Scotcheroos - "No bake cookie recipes are great when you need something for dessert and fast. No Bake Hillbilly Scotheroos are a quick-fix treat that are ready in minutes and also budget friendly. It doesn't get much better than that. Made with chocolate and peanut butter, every bite is absolutely incredible. Share these at your next party and impress all of your guests."


From - 12/25/15:

I once bought my kid a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, “Toys not included”.

1. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 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: - updated 12/19/15

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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Good King Wenceslas

Words by John Mason Neale (24 Jan 1818 - 06 Aug 1866), 1853

Music - Scandinavian, from Piae Cantiones, 1582

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel

"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather

"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."

In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing


"Good King Wenceslas" midi courtesy of - 12/26/09

"Good King Wenceslas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/26/09

"Happy Boxing Day" Title Image courtesy of - 12/26/09

Red Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/14/05

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!

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI, one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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 Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of - page 14 - 11/14/09

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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