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12/18/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Christmas Comes But Once a Year


“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands
as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has
transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.”

- George Matthew Adams

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The somewhat unfamiliar Christmas carol for today's Newsletter was first used here four years ago tomorrow: 

   None of these bonus videos has anything to do with today's Olde English Christmas carol, but they do interpret the general theme in different and interesting ways, sooooo - Merry Christmas!

BONUS #1 - - Christmas Comes But Once a Year - a Classic Cartoon from 1936

BONUS #2 - - Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Jimmy Durante

BONUS #3 - - Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Charles Brown

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/18/08 - "Merry Christmas!"

   By the time you read this, I will more than likely be traveling out to Illinois, so obviously, I prepared this in advance.  Remember - there WILL be a pause in the Newsletters, but I'll be back again someday (we haven't figured that part out yet...).  We will be celebrating with five of our seven children, two of our four daughters-in-law, and four of our ten grandchildren - most of whom we've not seen in nearly two years - so we're planning to have fun.  I hope and pray your holidays will be as bright!


     Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Durwood Adams ('57)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

22 -    Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57);

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1.   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 12/17/08:

Wednesday 12/17/2008 5:31:55pm
Name: Mary Massey Lyle
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Voorhees, NJ

   Thanks, Mary!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 12/15/08 - "Christmas Songs":

This is pretty cool.  I haven't heard some of these in YEARS!

Just click on your favorite Christmas song and listen!!

Fabulous 50's Christmas Songs


A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives

Away In A Manger
Loretta Lynn

Christmas Alphabet
The McGuire Sisters

Christmas Country Christmas
The Statler Brothers

Christmas In My Hometown
Sonny James

Christmas Song
Alvin & The Chipmunks

Christmas Times A Coming
Bill Monroe
And The Bluegrass Boys

Christmas Waltz
Frank Sinatra

Christmas Without You
Kenny Rogers
Dolly Parton

Frosty The Snowman
Gene Autry

Grandma Got Run Over
By A Reindeer

Elmo & Patsy

Hard Rock Candy Christmas
Dolly Parton

Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Nat King Cole

Have Yourself A Very
Merry Christmas

Rosemary Clooney

Home For The Holidays
Perry Como

It's Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Christmas

Bing Crosby &
The Andrew Sisters

I Saw Mommy Kissing
Santa Claus

Jimmy Boyd

It's the Most Wonderful
Time Of The Year

Johnny Mathis

Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helms

Jingle Bells
Roy Rogers
Most Interesting Middle!

Jingle Bells
Perry Como

Jingle Bells
The Jingle Bell Piggie

Joy To The World
Nat King Cole

Leroy, the Redneck Reindeer
Joe Diffie

Let It Snow
Andy Williams

Let's Put Christ
Back Into Christmas

Tammy Wynette

Little Drummer Boy
Neil Diamond

O Christmas Tree
Nat King Cole

Please Come Home
The Platters

Pretty Paper
Roy Orbison

Rocking Around The
Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee

Rudolph The Red
Nose Reindeer

Gene Autry

Rudolph The Red
Nose Reindeer

Unknown Group

Santa Baby
Cynthia Basinet

Santa Claus Is
Coming To Town

Bing Crosby

Santa Claus Is
Watching You

Ray Stevens

Silver Bells
Bing Crosby/Peggy Lee

Silent Night
Dean Martin

Sleigh Ride
Johnny Mathis

The First Noel
Andy Williams

Up On The Housetop
Gene Autry

White Christmas
Bing Crosby

White Christmas
The Drifters (1954)

Winter Wonderland
Brenda Lee

With Elvis




























   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Jude - see you soon!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/13/08 - "And speaking of food...":

   This is so fast and simple to make, we'd be silly NOT to make it on a busy day while I'm visiting in Illinois:

Hamburger Stroganoff

1 pkg. wide noodles
2 lbs. hamburger, browned & drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 lg. container sour cream
   Prepare noodles, rinse and drain.  Add four soups to cooked hamburger; heat for 5 minutes.  Add sour cream and heat for 5 minutes.  Combine hamburger mixture with noodles.

                                                       - Carol Buckley Harty, Hillsboro, MO, 1984

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 12/17/08 - "THE SIMPLE WHITE ENVELOPE":

Carol, I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas with your family.  I'll be with my sister and hers in Tampa, altho it will be too warm for me.  I grew up on the "sacred soil." so I think Christmas should at least be cold, if not snowy.  This was sent to me via email.  Altho it may not be a true story, it will probably still have an impact on everyone.   
 Happy and sad at the same time!
It's just a small white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so.  It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas --oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- the overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma --the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else.
Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties, and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended.
Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against another team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford.
Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn't acknowledge defeat.
Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish just one of them could have won," he said. "They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them." Mike loved kids -- all kids -- and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball, and lacrosse.
That's when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition --one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.
The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas . It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents.
As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn't end there.  You see, we lost Mike last year due to cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning it was joined by three more. Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the envelope. Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us. May we all remember Christ, who is the reason for the season, and the true Christmas spirit this year and always.
God Bless! -- pass this along to those friends and loved ones who you know are the givers who understand the true meaning of Christmas. 

   Thank you so much, Gloria - this is a beautiful selection! Have fun with Nat!

  From Betty Brockwell McClure (58) of VA - 12/17/08 - "Thank You":

Hi, Carol,
Thank you very much for the birthday wishes yesterday, the 16th.  Funny - I still feel 67!  Thanks, too, to     John Bateman ('70) for his wishes.  John, I will look for that stapler; however, we have moved so many times since Surry, I'm not sure I still have it.
Carol, I know you will have a wonderful time visiting your family during Christmas.  Please have a safe and happy trip.
Now, here's something amazing:  After going to your son Dale's site and reading his biography section, I learned that          he (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02),   Diana (Lyons Harty - Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) and  Buckley live in Franklin, MA. 

For the fun of it, I "Mapquested" the distance from Westwood, MA, where Doug and I are going for Christmas to be with my son and his family, to Franklin, MA.  Hold onto your hat - the distance between them is 20.6 miles!!!!!  It's a shame you couldn't ride up with us and be in two places at once!

Have a lovely Christmas, and thank you again for all you do.
Betty Brockwell McClure (58)

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! What a small world we have! Thanks so much for letting me know that, Betty - and Merry Christmas!

From Don Jett (Warwick HS - '60) to    Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/17/08:

Thanks so much for re-introducing me to my childhood buddy,      Al Simms ('60 - of VA) and also for leading me to the NNHS web site.  You are correct.....Carol is amazing.  Since receiving your email, I have been reading the names of so many of my past friends and re-living my HS days.  In 1956 I transferred from NNHS to WSH after moving to Hidenwood and I therefore lost contact with many of my grammar school (Stonewall Jackson) and NNHS friends.  Carol's web site is like my stepping back in time.  Believe me, I will pay a daily visit to her site in hopes of re-connecting with many lost friends such as Al.
Thanks again and enjoy the Utah slopes.  Tell    Sylvia (Hall Hammond - '66 - of UT) "Hi" and we hope to see you soon.
 Don Jett
WHS '60

   That's why we're all here, Don! Thanks for your kind words - and I'm glad you're enjoying your time machine!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 12/17/08 - "My Christmas Story Video":

Hey, check out my Christmas video on youtube! 

Feel free to share this with others.

   Oh, WOW! Tina, you're a STAR! So cool - thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

 From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 12/17/08:

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year.  It was great seeing you at Buckroe.

Lynn Brothers

   Thank you so much, Lynn! That was great fun, wasn't it?!? Merry Christmas!

  From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 12/17/08:

Thanks so much...just year at Ferguson is 73...

I know that I will hear from some people:):) who really know my age:):) and my graduation year:):)

Thanks for taking care of it:):) I'm sure you're doing a million things if you're leaving tomorrow.....

Merry Christmas!

Kitty Dichtel Heffington

   Yeah... '73..... That's what I MEANT to say!  EEEK!!! Sorry, Kitty, I just had '67 on my mind yesterday. Wait until I start "moving" you willy-nilly around the country!

   Thanks for pointing that out to me while I still had time to fix it!  Merry Christmas!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/17/08 - "Heffington":

  Kitty (Dichtel - Ferguson HS - '73) and Terry (Warwick HS - '66) Heffington are old friends.  Terry and I were competitive shooters on the same team for a number of years.  They're good folks, even if they had to attend one of the lesser schools.

   COOL BEANS - and further evidence that we are all just one big happy Typhoon Family - Typhoon or not! Merry Christmas!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 12/17/08 - "Dear Carol":

Dear Carol,
I wish you & your family a very Merry Christmas.  You do so much for your Typhoon Family & it is so nice that you can get away from your computer for a few days.  I do hope that you don't go into computer withdrawal!! 
My family & I wish everyone a Healthy & Happy New Year.  May we find Peace in whatever we are looking for.
Happy Holidays to all,
Mary Massey Lyle   Class of 1961 

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks so much, Mary! I'm trusting that being around my little chickadees again will provide the needed antidote for my withdrawal symptoms! I "prolly" will have time to check the obituaries and read my mail; I just won't be able to do much about it!


1. Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/10/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/08/08

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Christmasse Comes But Once a Year

Music:     GREENSLEEVES (variant) §7255d
original harmonization from Christmasse in Merrie England, Marie Ruef Hofer, 1915
converted to SATB by CRB

Let's dance and sing and make good cheer,
For Christmasse comes but once a year,
Make merry now nor draw a tear,
So early in the Morning.

Then shout and sing till rafters ring,
For joy and mirth the seasons bring;
We'll welcome Father Christmasse in,
So early in the Morning.

“Christmasse Comes But Once a Year” midi courtesy of - 12/18/04

“Christmasse Comes But Once a Year” lyrics - and sheet music! - courtesy of -12/19/03

 Angel clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

Branch and Bells and Gold Bells Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

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

Pine Forest High School (NC) Trojans Logo clip art courtesy of - 05/19/07

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Hampton High School's TEMPORARILY INVISIBLE Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Ferguson High School's TEMPORARILY INVISIBLE Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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