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12/11/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

O Christmas Sun!  What holy task is thine!
To fold a world in the embrace of God!

- Guy Wetmore Carryl
(04 Mar 1873 - 01 Apr 1904)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the third Sunday in Advent, and this theme is being revisited from 2005.

BONUS #1 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra - What more could you really want?!?

BONUS #2 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis, 1958

BONUS #3 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Ray Conniff Singers, 1965

BONUS #4 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Julie Andrews, 1969

BONUS #5 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Sixpence None the Richer, 2003

BONUS #6 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Josh Groban, 2007

BONUS #7 - - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2010



"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (sometimes rendered as "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear") is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one of two melodies: "Carol," composed by Richard Storrs Willis, or "Noel," adapted from an English melody.

Edmund Sears composed the five-stanza poem in 1849. It first appeared on December 29, 1849 in the Christian Register in Boston.[1][2] Sears is said to have written these words at the request of his friend, William Parsons Lunt, pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts.

In 1850, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer who trained under Felix Mendelssohn, wrote the melody called "Carol." This melody is most often set in the key of B-flat major in a six-eight time signature. "Carol" is the most widely known tune to the song in the United States.[1][3][4][5]

In the United Kingdom the tune called "Noel", which was adapted from an English melody in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan, is the usual accompaniment. This tune also appears as an alternate in The Hymnal 1982, the hymnal of the United States Episcopal Church.[6]



   For you history buffs out there, it was 57 years ago today that USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was christened, right there in Newport News.  Remember?  Even I remember that; I was right there with my family.  I was wearing my white organdy dress.....

         My sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC remembers what she was wearing, too.  Yes, she says she distinctly remembers that she was wearing clothes.



  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 12/08/11 - "HELLO AND Merry Christmas":

Hi Carol,
Would love for you to post on your site about our upcoming NNHS "50th" Reunion.  It's going to happen on October 5 and 6, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton on the Water.  More information after the Holidays.  Meetings are second Tuesday of each month.
We are having a Christmas Party on December 13, 2011 at Joe and Mimma's Restaurant in Yorktown, 6:30pm.  Bring wrapped gift for gift swap.  RSVP by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011.  Dutch dinner and FUN!
Thanks Carol,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Keep up the great work!!
Typhoon Forever
“Sometimes in the winds of change
we find our true direction”

     Thanks, Brenda - same to you! I LOVE hearing about reunions! This is now posted six ways from Tuesday in all the usual places!



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 




Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1861

The blockade was bad, and was beginning to cause serious shortages for businesses in Charleston, South Carolina. Equally bad for business was the fact that the Federals had landed on Hilton Head Island out in Charleston Harbor, and it was clearly evident that a major assault would be made upon the city one of these days. The final offense to the retail community came today as a horrible fire blazed across the business section of the town, east of King Street and as far as the Cooper River. A great many stores and offices were damaged or destroyed. The cause of the fire was never determined.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 1862

After long delays, the pontoon bridges had arrived and today were put to use. Five bridges were projected, up and down the Rappahannock. The one directly in front of the town was making no progress: every time the engineers went to put it together they were driven off by gunfire from Confederate sharpshooters in the buildings at the riverfront. Burnside ordered the cannons to demolish the buildings, but the sharpshooters used the rubble for cover. Finally a Federal unit crossed the river in boats, far enough upstream to be out of range, and marched down and cleared out the marksmen. After this the central bridge was completed, and the Federal occupation of the mostly-deserted city began.

Friday, Dec. 11, 1863

Those who had expected a quick Federal takeover of Charleston, S.C. at this time of year four years ago, were quite astonished that four years later it still had not succeeded. While there were many reasons for this lapse, including flawed Federal attacks and sometimes-brilliant Confederate defenses, one of the major reasons was the presence of Ft. Sumter as a Southern stronghold in Charleston Harbor. The ongoing project of the moment was to pound it with sufficient artillery fire as to reduce it back to the sand from whence it came. Today was one of the rare occasions on which some of the defenders were harmed: one of the 200-plus shells fired at the battered old hulk hit a Confederate ammunition magazine. An immense explosion ensued which killed 11 Confederate soldiers and wounded another 41. Still, no hint of surrender was given, and the shelling was concluded for the year.

Sunday, Dec. 11, 1864

Commanding the Union Navy brigade on the Broad River in South Carolina was an officer named Preble. He wrote today of a new and horrifying weapon being used against his men: “It is a conical ball in shape, like an ordinary bullet... The base of the ball separates from the conical end and has a leaden... plunger. The explosion of the charge drives the base up so as to flatten a thin disk of metal between it... and the leaden plunger is driven against the fulminate (in the nose) and it explodes the ball...” Commander Preble found this weapon disturbing, and in his report he sounded a note heard before, and would be heard again: “It seems to me that use of such a missile is an unnecessary addition to the barbarities of war.”


From My Children of Other Parents,     Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) AND Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC - 12/09/11 - "Our 2011 Christmas Photo":

  This was taken yesterday.

   AWWW! Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies!   This will be going in my Christmas album (of course!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Jonathan, Katelyn, and Jacob


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/10/11 - "Your first Christmas Card - I hope":

Let me be your first Christmas wisher. 
MERRY CHRISTMAS !  & All the Best throughout
2012 to you and yours !

   OOH! Thank you, Joyce - and to you and yours, too! (Yes, I realize that this is not quite the same card you sent, but that one absolutely refused to cooperate with me, and this one is as close as I could get to it!)


      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 12/10/11 - "Merry Christmas":

I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
the birth of Jesus Christ.

So I am asking my email buddies, if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
your email buddies, and so on...
maybe we can prevent one more American tradition from being lost
in the sea of  "Political Correctness".

   Thanks so much, Don, good to hear from you! Merry Christmas to you, too!


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11 - "Dear Santa.....":

Dear Santa,
I don't want much for Christmas, I just want the person reading this to be happy. Friends are the fruit cake of life - some nutty, some soaked in alcohol, some sweet - but mix them together and they're my friends.
Love ya all.
Send this to all your fruit cakes.

   Thank you, Dools!



A Brother Like That

A man named Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.

Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothing? Boy, I wish..." He hesitated…

Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.

"I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."

Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"

"Oh yes, I'd love that."

After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front on my house?"

Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again. "Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked.

He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.

"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some day I'm gonna give you one just like it...then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about."

Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, "It is more blessed to give than receive."


From - 12/10/11 - "Testimonial: Starting To Breathe Easier":

Dear, Wonderful FlyLady!

I've been a FlyBaby for some years now, and sort of have some routines in place, do my menu planning regularly and generally keep a fairly presentable house most of the time.

However, although I didn't realize it, we had lots and lots and LOTS of organized clutter. I've always thought somewhat smugly when the 27 Fling Boogies came around that I was exempt, as my place is pretty nice looking, but we have decided to put our house on the market and move into a considerably smaller house, and I've suddenly realized that I have an ENORMOUS amount of STUFF that I DO NOT NEED!! And what is it called? CLUTTER!!

Dear FlyLady, you've been trying to tell me that for years, haven't you? There is an old saying that the teacher arrives when the student is ready, and so finally, this little student was ready and willing to open her eyes to SEE and her ears to really LISTEN. I've looked around my house, in cupboards, on shelves, in drawers, and found so much organized stuff that I never, ever use, and never, ever will. In the past, I would have lingered over it, imagined the sewing sessions I would have, the baking I would do, the marvelous decorating I would do...but in reality, none of these dreams are ever going to eventuate.

So this time, I've done the Fling properly. You've told me to just GO FOR IT!! So I have been GOING FOR IT!! With rubbish bags, boxes and piles of things everywhere to load into the car, and it's nearly ALL GONE! Books: we've given one large bookcase to our Dear Daughter, minus all those books which have gone to the local service group's book auction. Fabric: three large garbage bags full have gone to a local Church sewing group. Ornaments: gone - Goodwill and eBay. Rubbish: the bin, either for rubbish or recycling.

Still to go: the linen cupboard (two people cannot possibly need 7 sheet sets for one bed...!); the "present box" (there are "presents" in there that have been in there for about 15 years, and if I haven't given them to anyone yet, it's doubtful that I will); the china cupboard (ditto on the sheet sets - how much china does a family of two really, truly need?); and the pantry (Good Lord! We don't own a supermarket!).

Yes dear FlyLady, you're right. Decluttering is cathartic, but it's got to be done quickly. I've finally learnt that lesson. Don't think, just do it. Get it out of the house, into the car and drop it off as soon as humanly possible. I didn't realize just how much clutter I am being suffocated by...but slowly I'm starting to breathe easier.

Thank you SO much for giving me permission to let it go.

Mary, almost Flying freely in South Australia.

FlyLady here: Most of us really don't realize how much clutter we have.

It can be in plain sight or hidden away. Either way, it is taking up space.

Grab your declutter kit and get started. You will be blessing yourself and others.

You will breathe easier.


From - 12/10/11 - "Pampering #9":

Dear Flylady,

To pamper myself, I light candles every day when I am getting dressed down to my shoes. If I need to get ready in a hurry, I will light three tealights. If I have more time or know I will be spending extra time to blow dry/style my hair or do a mani/pedi, I will light three scented votives because they burn longer.

It doesn't cost much to do this. I buy 100 tea lights for $3.99. Since I only light three candles and reuse the same ones for 3-4 days, this bag of tealights lasts for at least 3-4 months. Since I use votives when I have more time, this extends the life of the bag. Votives can burn for around 15 hours so this would last me about 2 weeks if I used them every day.

Lighting the candles when I am getting dressed down to my shoes does several things for me:
1. It forces me to completely finish getting ready including hair and makeup before I blow out the candles and head downstairs to start the day.
2. It soothes my mind and refreshes my spirit to start the day with the dancing candles and sweet aromas. I feel like I am getting ready in a spa even on a busy day.
3. It makes the process of getting dressed down to my shoes enjoyable. As you always say, make it fun and it will get done!

Keep smiling,

Karen in GA

Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

This is a busy time of year, but it is very important that you take a little time each day for yourself.

I am so proud of you.



From - 12/10/11:

Emmitt Smith died and went to heaven. When he got to the pearly gates, St. Peter was waiting for him and issued Emmitt an invitation to play for the HFL- the heaven football league. Emmitt thought about it for a minute and said, "Sure!"

As they walked out to the field, there was a game in progress. Emmitt was stunned. There were a lot of ex-NFL players out on that field. But what he found to be strange was that the jerseys didn't have any numbers. Instead they had letters on them. So he turned around and questioned St. Peter about the numbers.
St. Peter chuckled and told him, "Up here we don't need numbers. The letters stand for the position they are playing, QB is for quarterback, WR is for wide receiver and so on."

Emmitt smile and nodded his head. But as he gazed around the sidelines, he got a perplexed look on his face. On the other side of the field, there was a man wearing a jersey that had the letters TL.

"St. Peter, as you know, I played football many years with the Dallas Cowboys and I am familiar with all the positions. But in all my years I have never seen the position of TL."

St. Peter laughed and said, "Oh yeah, I forgot. That's just God, he likes to pretend that he is Tom Landry."



1. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Class of 1962 Christmas Party - Joe and Mimma's Restaurant in Yorktown, 6:30 PM. Bring wrapped gift for gift swap. RSVP to Brenda Amos Williams at by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Dutch dinner and FUN!

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.

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 


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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Words by
Edmund Hamilton Sears (06 Apr 1810 – 14 Jan 1876), 1849

Music by Richard Storrs Willis (10 Feb 1819 – 10 May 1900), 1859

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

O ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.


"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" midi courtesy of - 11/22/05

"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/05/05

Metal Advent Ring Image courtesy of - 11/23/05

Third Candle Advent Wreath clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/03/05

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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!

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

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

NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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