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12/06/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy
St. Nicholas Day!

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.

-- Unknown

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This theme repeats every year, but this version of it is being revisited from 2012.

BONUS #1 - - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Fred Astaire

BONUS #2 - - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen, 2007

BONUS #3 - - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Michael Bubl, 2011


   Don't forget - tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and Monday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. 


"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (sometimes with "Coming" changed to "Comin'") is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.

The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 (Decca 264A) featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934. The song was a sheet music hit, reaching #1. The song was also recorded on September 26, 1935, by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra [1].

The song is a traditional standard at Christmas time, and has been covered by numerous recording artists. In 1970 Rankin-Bass produced an hour-long animated television special based on the song, with narrator Fred Astaire telling the original story of Santa Claus.

Perhaps the most famous version, outside of the original, is by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, a raucous version with a big Clarence Clemons saxophone solo, that makes its way around airwaves during the holidays.



  From Bunny Spiers ('54) of VA - 12/06/14, 1:07 PM:


Please add  Barbara Woods Spiers, Birthday 12/3 Class of 1961 and Bernard (Bunny) T. Spiers, Birthday October 8, Class of 1954.

You really do a wonderful job on the newsletter. Merry Christmas.

   OH, NO! Oh, no, no, no, no, NO! Your birthdays were supposed to have been on here a year ago! And in fact, they were:

   I don't know HOW I could have missed them! Well, that's not so; I do know exactly how I DID it; I just can't imagine how I didn't catch them - EITHER of them - at some point in time! I not only can't think of an adequate apology, I can't even think of a good rationalization!

   I  am so very sorry! I'm going to resort to some revisionist history to prevent this from ever happening again!

   They are both corrected for the full week prior, as well.

   Thank you so much for letting me know, and Happy Belated Birthday to both of you!


  Happy Birthday today to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

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

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63);

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

11 -   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND    My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona McAllister (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of UT;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 06, 1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Japanese Emperor Hirohito that requested intervention "to prevent further death and destruction in the world." Intelligence reports had convinced Roosevelt that the Japanese fleet was headed for Thailand.

December 06, 1941 - The United Kingdom declared war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War.


Sunday, December 06, 1964 - The Christmas television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" first aired on the NBC television network in the United States, and was sponsored by General Electric under the umbrella title of The General Electric Fantasy Hour.

Sunday, December 06, 1964 - Footballer and architect Evert van Linge (b. 19 Nov 1895 in Veendam, Netherlands) died in Groningen, Netherlands at the age of 69.

    From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 12/05/14 - "Letter to Santa":

What happens when a Jewish kid writes a letter to Santa? @kveller has the hilarious results:

This Jewish Boy was Asked to Write a Letter to Santa in School. His Response is Perfect

     EPIC! Thank you, Mayim!

From My Friend, Jeanette, of NC - 12/05/14 - "40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb":

I'm pretty good with grammar most of the time, but I messed up on several of these!

40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb

   Thank you so much, Jeanette! Some of these - no, most of these - are pet peeves of mine!

From My Friend, LaMerle, of VA - 12/05/14 - "Living with Chronic Pain":

  BOY HOWDY! Thank you, LaMerle!

     From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/05/14:

  WISE ADVICE! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/04/14 - "Never Lose Hope":

  ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Jean!

From My Friend, Jim, of NV - 12/05/14:

  SO TRUE! Thank you, Jim!

From My Friend, LaMerle, of VA - 12/05/14 - "Maybe...":

  INDEED! Thanks again, LaMerle!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#12 in a series of 18)":

  AWW! Thanks, Dools!



"Owed to Joy"

The year our youngest daughter, Shelly, was four, she received an unusual Christmas present from "Santa."

She was the perfect age for Christmas, able to understand the true meaning of the season, but still completely enchanted by the magic of it. Her innocent joyfulness was compelling and catching -- a great gift to parents, reminding us of what Christmas should represent no matter how old we are.

The most highly prized gift Shelly received that Christmas Eve was a giant bubble-maker, a simple device of plastic and cloth the inventor promised would create huge billowing bubbles, large enough to swallow a wide-eyed four-year-old. Both Shelly and I were excited about trying it out, but it was after dark so we'd have to wait until the next day.

Later that night I read the instruction booklet while Shelly played with some of her other new toys. The inventor of the bubble-maker had tried all types of soaps for formulating bubbles and found that Joy dishwashing detergent created the best giant bubbles. I'd have to buy some.

The next morning, I was awakened very early by small stirrings in the house. Shelly was up. I knew in my sleepy mind that Christmas Day festivities would soon begin, so I arose and made my way toward the kitchen to start the coffee. In the hallway, I met my daughter, already wide awake, the bubble- maker clutched in her chubby little hand, the magic of Christmas morning embraced in her four-year-old heart. Her eyes were shining with excitement, and she asked, "Daddy, can we make bubbles now?"

I sighed heavily and rubbed my eyes. I looked toward the window, where the sky was only beginning to lighten with the dawn. I looked toward the kitchen, where the coffeepot had yet to start dripping its aromatic reward for early-rising Christmas dads.

"Shelly," I said, my voice almost pleading and perhaps a little annoyed, "it's too early. I haven't even had my coffee yet."

Her smile fell away. Immediately I felt a father's remorse for bursting her bright Christmas bubble with what I suddenly realized was my own selfish problem, and my heart broke a little.

But I was a grown-up. I could fix this. In a flash of adult inspiration, I unshouldered the responsibility. Recalling the inventor's recommendation of a particular brand of bubble-making detergent -- which I knew we did not have in the house -- I laid the blame squarely on him, pointing out gently, "Besides, you have to have Joy."

I watched her eyes light back up as she realized, in less than an instant, that she could neutralize this small problem with the great and wonderful truth she was about to reveal.

"Oh, Daddy," she promised, with all the honesty and enthusiasm and Christmas excitement she could possibly communicate, "Oh, Daddy, I do."

I broke records getting to the store, and in no time at all we were out on the front lawn creating gigantic, billowing, gossamer orbs--each one filled with Joy and sent forth shimmering into the Christmas sun.

-- By Ted A. Thompson

BONUS SANTA CLAUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Michele Wilcox's Santa Cookie Ornament -
Kim Guzman's Infant Santa Suit & Hat


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/05/08 - "Bread":

Tis the season for cooking up good comfort food and what's more comforting than to come home to the smell of fresh baked bread.  
This recipe sounds yummy and simple.





No-Knead Multigrain Bread

Yield- 1 loaf     Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking and resting time: 2 Hours and 15 minutes


1 package active dry yeast

1-1/2 cups warm water 100-110o

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole wheat flour

cup uncooked mixed-grain cereal or old fashioned rolled oats

Nonstick pan spray


In a liquid measuring cup, whisk the yeast into the warm water until it dissolves. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 15 minutes (the mixture should become slightly foamy on top and cloudy throughout.)


Pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl and stir in the all-purpose flour, honey, melted butter and salt until well incorporated. Mix in the whole wheat flour and cereal, place a clean kitchen towel over the top of the bowl and place the bowl in a warm place away from any drafts to double in size, about 1 hour.


Fold the dough with a spatula to deflate it. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with the pan spray and transfer the dough to the pan. Cover with the kitchen towel and set aside until the dough has doubled in size, about 25 minutes.


Preheat oven to 375o. Bake until browned and until the loaf sounds hollow when the top is tapped, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and the pan and cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.


 Joyce Cahoon


   Thanks so much, Joyce!
I bake this fairly often, and it's YUMMY!


From - 12/05/14:

A motorist, after being bogged down in a muddy road, paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out with his tractor.

After he was back on dry ground he said to the farmer, "At those prices, I should think you would be pulling people out of the mud night and day."

"Can't", replied the farmer. "At night I haul water for the hole." 


1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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.

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Written by John Frederick Coots (02 May 1897  08 Apr 1985) and Haven Gillespie (06 Feb 1888  14 Mar 1975), 1934
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town!

 "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" midi courtesy of - 12/02/06

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Image of Santa Claus courtesy of - 12/05/06

Santa Claus Greeting Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/06/05

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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

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!

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

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!!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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!

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

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn! 

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