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11/30/13 - NNHS Newsletter - The Friendly Beasts

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

- Luke 2:12 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme suggestion came from     Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA on 11/24/13 - and if we're jumping the season by one day, we're not alone; it's certainly been happening all around us!

Here is a wonderful song to share in your Christmas season news letters.

BONUS - The Friendly Beasts - Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

   Thanks, Malcolm!



"The Friendly Beasts" is a traditional Christmas song about the gifts that a donkey, cow, sheep, camel, and dove give to Jesus at the Nativity. The song seems to have originated in 12th-century France, set to the melody of the Latin song "Orientis Partibus".[1] The current English words were written by Robert Davis (1881-1950) in the 1920s.[2]

The song is also known as "The Song of the Ass", The Donkey Carol", "The Animal Carol", and "The Gift of the Animals..."[2]



   Happy Birthday today to       Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA;

03 -  The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND    Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



November 30, 1939 - Winter War: Soviet forces crossed the Finnish border in several places and bombed Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the war.

November 30, 1942 - Guadalcanal Campaign: Battle of Tassafaronga — A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizo Tanaka defeated a US cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.

November 30, 1943 - At the Teheran Conference, an agreement was reached on Operation Overlord by U.S. President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The operation was the Anglo-American invasion across the English Channel.



Saturday, November 30, 1963 - It was apparently a very boring day worldwide...


  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 11/12/13 - "   Jesse Miller":


I've tried to contact Jesse several times. When the phone in room 315 was finally answered, the man who answered said there was no one by the name of Miller in that room.

The hospital finally told me Jesse is in room 3C15, in the Critical Care unit, and does NOT have a phone. The mailing address for cards is:

Jesse Miller
Room 3C15
Sentara Hospital
3000 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Cards are OK, but not packages.

Hope this helps anyone else trying to contact Jesse.

Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66)

    Thanks so much, Shirley!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT PATTERNS: - Dana Pruner's Muslin Angels - Ball Ornament Wreath


BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Amish Do It Best Beef Bake - "Though not an official Amish dish, this beef casserole recipe uses simple ingredients, many of which could be pulled from your own garden or farmer's market. A lifestyle that the Amish thrive on. Live simply and make up this Amish Do It Best Beef Bake." - Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie - "Everyone at the table will love you for throwing together a quick, Gluten Free Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie for dinner! This hamburger stuffer is a whole lot of messy pie fun that you can enhance with ketchup, BBQ sauce or salsa!" - Simple Shepherd's Pie - "It doesn't get simpler than this easy ground beef casserole, otherwise known as a Shepherd's pie. This classic favorite never gets old with my family. Make up some Simple Shepherd's Pie for a wonderful weeknight meal."


From - 11/29/13:
A man entered his local bar holding a frog and an iguana. He set them down on the bar and said to the bartender, "I'll bet you $1000 that my frog here can sing any song you can think of."

"Ok," said the bartender. "How 'bout 'Blue Moon'?"

The man whispered something to the frog, and the frog started singing Blue Moon.

"That's amazing," said the bartender as he slapped down $1000.

"I'll bet ya another $1000 that my iguana here can do that, too."

"Ok, I can believe a frog, but not an iguana. You're on. Have him sing the Star Spangled Banner."

The man whispered something to the iguana and it sang the Star Spangled Banner.

As the bartender handed over another $1000, a businessman came up and said, "I just saw that and I was amazed. I want to buy your iguana for $100,000."

The man said ok, and he exchanged the iguana for the money and the businessman left.

The bartender said, "What are you, nuts?! You could have made millions with that iguana!"

The man said, "Oh, the iguana can't sing. The frog's a ventriloquist."



1. Thursday, December 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 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 11/19/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


Y'all take 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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Words: Seem to have originated in 12th-century France;
the current English words were written by Robert Davis (1881-1950) in the 1920s.

Music: "Orientis Partibus"

Jesus our brother kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude.
And the friendly beasts around him stood
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

"I," said the donkey, all shaggy and brown,
"I carried his mother up hill and down
I carried his mother to Bethlehem town."
"I," said the donkey, all shaggy and brown.

"I," said the cow, all white and red
"I gave him my manger for his bed
I gave him my hay to pillow his head."
"I," said the cow, all white and red

"I," said the sheep, with curly horn,
"I gave him my wool for a blanket warm
He wore my coat on Christmas morn."
"I," said the sheep, with curly horn.

"I," said the dove, from the rafters high
"I cooed him to sleep so he would not cry
We cooed him to sleep, my love and I
"I," said the dove, from the rafters high.

Thus every beast, by some good spell
In the stable rude was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel
The gift he gave Emmanuel
The gift he gave Emmanuel

"The Friendly Beats" lyrics courtesy of - 12/14/13 (sic)

Manger Scene Image of courtesy of - 12/14/13 (sic)

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Suffolk Sheep Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/28/07

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!!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

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