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12/03/11 - NNHS Newsletter - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
It's always good for us to pause
And think awhile of Santa Claus--
That jolly symbol we revere
When we approach the changing year.
Behind his beard so long and white,
In which our children take delight,
There beats a heart from color free
Which bids all children 'come to me.'”
- Marshall M. Morgan, “The Spirit of Santa Claus

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's theme was suggested last week by       my husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) - one of the biggest Santa Claus fans of all time! I was astonished to find that we had never used this theme before. Thanks, Dools!  

BONUS #1 - - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd (age 13), 1952

BONUS #2 - - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes


"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is an American Christmas song with music and lyrics by Tommie Connor.

The original recording by Jimmy Boyd on 15 July 1952 when he was 13 [1] reached #1 on the Billboard charts in December 1952, and on the Cash Box chart at the beginning of the following year. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store's Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades.

The song describes a scene where a child creeps down from his bedroom to see his mother kissing "Santa Claus."

Boyd's record was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas, ignoring the fact that mistletoe, under which many couples kiss, is traditionally hung in many homes during the Christmas season. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song. After the meeting, the ban was lifted.


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/11 - "December Themes":

   Speaking of music, I can either start rerunning old themes for the rest of the month, or y'all can request some personal favorites.  We are particularly lacking in Hanukkah music (I think I only have two!); any help you can render there would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


   Happy Birthday today to
The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88) !

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1861

Abraham Lincoln's fame today is certainly not based on his thoughts in the field of economic abstraction, but he did tackle the subject in, of all places, his State of the Union message to Congress this year. “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital,” he wrote. “Capital is only the fruit of Labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Capital has its rights which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.” Some later thinkers have actually tried to make Lincoln out to be a sort of proto-Marxist on the basis of this address. “The struggle of today, is not altogether for today--it is for a vast future also,” he concluded. Little did he know how right he would turn out to be.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1862

It was a day made up primarily of scattered skirmishes in both Eastern and Western theaters of the war. The Army of the Potomac was either in winter camps guarding the perimeter of Washington, D.C., or else perched on the bluffs across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, Va. Further west was an attack on a Union supply train on Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn., and a few shots exchanged near Moorefield, western (but not yet West) Virginia. In Mississippi, more action was going on, as was to be expected considering that Ulysses S. Grant was leading an army through the countryside. Fighting broke out at Prophet, Free Bridges, Spring Dale and Oakland, all on or near the Yocknapatalfa River.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 1863

Running a naval blockade, especially in the maze of waterways, islands, canals, marshes and areas which are some combination of all of the above like Charleston Harbor, is not as easy as it may seem. Admiral John Dahlgren laid down some ground rules today. Four monitor-class ships were assigned the duty, with two to be in use each night. One was to operate far up the channel of the harbor, where it could keep an eye on Ft. Sumter and Ft. Moultrie, as well as watch for commercial shipping trying to sneak out, and at the same time watch for and defend against aggressive vessels such as torpedo boats, picket boats and, oh yes, floating mines. The second ship was to lay further out to keep an eye on the first, and go to its aid if necessary. Finally, Dahlgren added, just in case the captains might forget, their duties included “taking care at the same time not to get aground, and also to change the position when the weather appears to render it unsafe.”

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1864

Gen. George H. Thomas had been holding Nashville, Tennessee for some time now, and his forces had just been augmented by those of Gen. John Schofield. On the way to link up with Thomas, Schofield had inadvertently done wonders to boost the Union's chances, by engaging in the Battle of Franklin, in which the Confederate forces had been hurled at Union defenders in repeated charges, resulting in tremendous casualties and the irreplaceable loss of six generals. Hood could not attack; against the Nashville fortifications it would have been suicidal. All he could do was proclaim that Thomas and Schofield were trapped, and send Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry on harassing raids. Thomas, meanwhile, was being prodded from Washington to go on the attack himself.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/02/11 - "A DOG'S SEEING-EYE DOG":


Here is your AWWWWWWWW! of the day email

Blind Dog’s Seeing-eye Dog

Wonderful story --- Reminds me of the old adage: If you want a true friend, buy a dog”.


Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a medical condition required
that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison,
another Great Dane, has been her sight.
The two are inseparable.

Maddison leads Lily to wherever she needs to go – faithfully - all day, every day.
Playing out in the open, Lily can sense Maddison nearby...
and Maddison, of course, makes sure of it.

They romp freely, enjoying the outdoors that every dog loves.
Caring, patient, non-judgmental, wonderful camaraderie exists between these two dogs.

  Humans could take a lesson.

People may forget what you said.

They may even forget what you did.

But people will never forget how you made them feel.  

Be kinder than you might think necessary…

It morphs into an enjoyable habit.

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Norris Sweetie!

  From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 12/02/11 - "Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer":

Worth reading.

Really interesting._____________________________

The Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer


On Jeopardy (recently), the final question was "How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?" ---- All three contestants missed it! -- This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance. Very fascinating. - Tomb of the Unknowns: Changing of the Guard

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are:

President Taft,

Joe Lewis {the boxer}

Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.

I'd be very proud if this email reached as many as possible. We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve. God Bless America

Thank you so much, Chuck!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/02/11 - "Glen Campbell and Bob Wills":

I had absolutely no idea this existed.
Love it !

   OH, WOW! He's so young - and check out his hair! Thanks, Glenn!

   Looky what I found while I was watching this: - Amazing 4 year old yodeler!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/02/11 - "I Am Not Old":

  I woke up,
I lifted my arms,
I moved my knees,
I turned my neck....
Everything made the same noise:


(midi - 'Younger Than Springtime')

....I came to a conclusion:

I am not old,
I am crispy!!!

     Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

From - 12/02/11 - "Our 11 Commandments Include Pampering!":

Dear Friends,

This month our new habit is pampering ourselves. Every day I want you to take the time to do some little something for you. After all it is part of our 11 Commandments. (#8 & 11)

FlyLady's Eleven Commandments

1. Keep your sink clean and shiny.

2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don't feel like it. Don't forget your lace-up shoes.

3. Do your morning and before bedtime routine everyday.

4. Don't allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.

5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.

6. Don't try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.

7. Don't pull out more than you can put back in one hour.

8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.

9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.

10. Smile even when you don't feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy and you will be.

11. Don't forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.


Just in case you can't think of anything to do to pamper yourself. I have made a list. You can take this list and put it in your Control Journal or you can cut them up, fold them up and put them in a beautiful bowl.

Each morning pull one out and plan your day around your time! If you have others you want to add then by all means adapt this for you! It might make a great gift for someone too.

Have fun and remember to PAMPER YOURSELF! OH and you are not limited to one per day. Some of them may become part of your daily routine: a splash of your favorite perfume, your favorite jewelry, bathroom inspirational reading or a bubble bath.

Here is the list.

1. Shave your legs and put lotion on them.

2. Put on an exfoliating mask while you take a bubble bath.

3. Massage your hands with lotion or oil for 5 minutes.

4. Put some cuticle cream on your nails.

5. Spend 5 minutes writing in your gratitude journal.

6. Sit down with a nice cup of something warm to drink and read your favorite magazine.

7. Take a long hot shower with your favorite shower gel or a bubble bath.

8. Fill up a foot tub with hot water and soak your tired feet. If you have some marbles put them in the bottom of the pan to massage your feet. Put a little lavender oil or your favorite oil in the water.

9. Give yourself a pedicure.

10. Paint your fingernails with your favorite color!

11. Watch your favorite movie! Get out the hankies.

12. Brush and floss your teeth; whiten them while you are in the tub.

13. Use a sugar scrub on your feet and elbows.

Homemade Sugar Scrub

4 T Olive Oil
Enough sugar to make it pasty
Your favorite fragrance (Lemon Juice, Favorite Perfume, etc.)
Apply all over after soaping and rinsing and the sugar will exfoliate and the olive oil will moisturize.

14. Condition your hair and wrap your head in a towel or shower cap and take a hot shower.

15. Pluck those unwanted hairs in your eyebrows and chin.

16. Exfoliate your face and then moisturize.

17. Put on some relaxing music and listen quietly.

18. Take a hot bath with your favorite scents and Epson salts.

19. Rub Vaseline or lotion on your feet and put your socks on and go to bed.

20. Make an appointment to get your hair colored, cut or a perm. Or just get it fixed.

21. Heat up a tub sock filled with dried beans or rice in the microwave and put around your shoulders.

22. Sit down in your favorite chair and do some deep breathing exercises.

23. Go put on your favorite perfume.

24. Put a cold compress on your eyes. If you have a gel eye mask take it out of the freezer and place it on your eyes. Lay your head back and enjoy a few minutes of peace.

25. Take a hot bath and while you are in there scrub your feet with a pumice stone.

26. Take a 20 minute nap! Set your timers. No whining allowed!

27. Sit down and enjoy a cup of hot tea. If you have a back massager; plug it in or take a long sock and put some tennis balls in it. Lean back against the tennis balls. This works well. My chiropractor told me about this one. You can sit on it too.

28. Go take a bath by candlelight! Everything looks great in candlelight.

29. Go to your jewelry box and put on a piece of your favorite jewelry to wear just because you like it. No special occasion.

30. Sit down and watch a funny TV show or movie. It is time to laugh.

31. Put an inspirational book in your bathroom. Take a few minutes while you are in there to read a page.

You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?

CRAFT PATTERNS: - Amanda Formaro's Light Bulb Santa - Amanda Formaro's Santa's Belly Treat Cups - Katie Kiter's No-Sew Santa Table Runner - Clay Pot Santa & Mrs. Claus

CLASSIC COUNTRY RECIPES: - Simple Salisbury Steak - Country Potato Apple Soup - Creamy Chicken and Dumplings - Cowboy Black Bean Chili


From - 12/02/11:
A head-on collision occurred between a man and a woman. Both emerged from the scene intact while their cars were totally demolished.

The woman said, "This is quite a predicament. We should drink a toast to celebrate this miracle."

The man replied, "What a great idea."

"Fine," she said, "I just happen to have a bottle with me."

With this she handed it to the man. The man downed half the bottle and handed it back.

The woman would not take it back and said, "I think I will wait until after the police arrive to celebrate." 


1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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 14, 2011 - 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.

3. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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.

4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Words and Music by Tommie Connor (1904-1993), 1952 
Recorded by Jimmy Boyd (09 Jan 1939 – 07 Mar 2009)

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus 
Underneath the mistletoe last night 
She didn't see me creep 
Down the stairs to have a peep 
She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep 

Then I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus 
Underneath his beard so snowy white 
Oh, what a laugh it would have been 
If Daddy had only seen 
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/11
at the suggestion of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS - '61) of NC
Thanks, Paul!

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

Image of Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - 12/03/11

Animated Santa Heads Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/08

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

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!

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!!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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