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12/22/13 - NNHS Newsletter - O Holy Night

“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor,
perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night
watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and
a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear
him--and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.”

- Max Lucado

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's lovely carol is a particular favorite of mine, and I hope your, as well.

BONUS #1 - - O Holy Night - Celtic Woman

BONUS #2 - - O Holy Night - Josh Groban - December 4, 2002

BONUS #3 - - O Holy Night - Charlotte Church


"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877).

In Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, the church organ was recently renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked Cappeau, native from this town, to write a Christmas poem. Cappeau did it, although being a professed anticlerical and atheist.[1]

Soon after, Adam wrote the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.

Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight,[2] editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity's redemption.


    Happy Festivus Birthday tomorrow to   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND    Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND    Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;

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

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;

28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);

29 - Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND   Kenny Lipscomb ('63) of VA AND    Michael Artman ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 22, 1939 - Indian Muslims observed a "Day of Deliverance" to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with the United Kingdom.

December 22, 1940 - Himarë was captured by the Greek army.

December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S. President Roosevelt.

December 22, 1942 - Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

December 22, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge German troops demanded the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"

December 22, 1944 - The People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.

December 22, 1948 -
Hideki Tojo was hanged after being convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Tojo had become the prime minister of Japan in October of 1940.

December 22, 1989 -
In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was opened.


Sunday, December 22, 1963 - The cruise ship Lakonia burned 180 miles (290 km) north of Madeira, Portugal with the loss of 128 lives.

Sunday, December 22, 1963 - Football coach and former player Giuseppe Bergomi was born in Milan, Italy.

Sunday, December 22, 1963 - Painter Luna H. Mitani was born in Kushiro, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Sunday, December 22, 1963 - Cricketer Brian McMillan was born in Welkom, South Africa.

Sunday, December 22, 1963 - Horse rider Giovanni Giorgio Trissino (b. 22 July 1877 in Vicenza, Italy) died in Milan, Italy at the age of 86.

  From The Best Student in the Class of 1960, Pete Hoyle of VA - 12/21/13:

Hi Carol -- This is just to let you know how much I enjoy and appreciate your NNHS (etc) newsletter. Thanks so much, and have a very happy and good Christmas.

-- Pete Hoyle

   Thank you so much, Pete! A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 12/21/13 - "Christmas, Santa and Toys ":

Childhood days make the Christmas season the happiest times in most lives. In this particular case Christmas trees were the real thing, artificial trees had never reached my family and it was usually on Christmas Eve that most families brought in felled cedars and spruces.

Firemen, policemen, service clubs and churches had the lots. It never occurred to children that the delay for most households was simple; tree prices were slashed in half.

There was no such thing as Black Fridays. Department stores and downtown shops were open on the day after Thanksgiving and it was a delight to window shop and browse in and out and see the toys, candies and other assorted things available.

Greeting cards abounded with such words as Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings. Few and far between were words like “Happy Xmas.” Cards with only “City” inscribed were mailed with three-cent stamps to names and addresses.

The mailman in the neighborhood knew the people closely on his route because he saw them twice daily, usually by 10 o’clock in the morning and no later than 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

During the season of joy and pleasantries, it was not an unusual site for the mailman to be refreshed on door stops and front porches with eggnog, cookies, pound cake and fruit cake. Neighborhood youngsters often took advantage of the sweets at the Gaskins, Jones and Goodson houses. Mince meat pies and fruit cakes were delightful.

Up and down the neighborhoods and downtown, midway through December, schools closed until after New Year’s Day for Christmas, not for a winter celebration. Christmas was Christmas period. Candies of all sorts were available.

Every child was anxious during this happy time. Each store, the big ones then like Sears Roebuck & Co., Nachman’s, Leggett, Kresge’s and Woolworth were prepared. Lots of part-time workers where bicycles, little red wagons, 8mm film projectors, cowboys and Indian cap guns and bows, lots of clothes – school clothes – and fountain pens and watches.

   Thank you so much for these sweet memories, Harry! In most respects they closely parallel my own! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#2 in a Series of 28)":

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Neat things in life!

May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!

   Thanks so much, George! These are cool!


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Jackie Karp's Beaded Snowflake - "This free crochet pattern is great for the winter holiday. No two snowflakes are alike, that is why this pattern uses beads. This pattern uses size 10 thread and a 1.5mm hook."

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE: - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies

From - 12/21/13:

Having shot a moose two guys began dragging it by the tail to their pick-up.

On the way they were stopped by a game warden. "Let me see your hunting licenses boys," he said. When he saw that everything was in order he asked if he could give them some advice.

"Sure!" the hunters agreed.

"Well, boys, I think that you would find it a lot easier to drag that moose by the horns and not the tail."

"Aye, O.K. and thanks," said the lads.

After about five minutes one said to the other, "Boy, dragging by the horns is sure a lot easier, eh?"


1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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, February 12, 2014 - 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 12/16/13

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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 by Placide Clappeau, 1847

Translated to English by John Sullivan Dwight (13 May 1812 - 5 Sep 1853)

Music by Adolphe Charles Adam (24 July 1803 - 3 May 1856)


Cantique de Noel

Minuit, chrétiens,
C’est l’heure solennelle
Où l’Homme Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.
Peuple à genoux,
Attends ta délivrance!
Noël! Noël!
Voici le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël!
Voici le Rédempteur!

Le Rédempteur
A brisé toute entrave:
La terre est libre et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un Frère où n’était qu’un esclave;
L’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait le fer.
Qui Lui dira notre reconnaissance?
C’est pour nous tous qu’Il naît,
Qu’Il souffre et meurt.
Peuple debout,
Chante ta délivrance!
Noël! Noël!
Chantons le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël!
Chantons le Rédempteur!



O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!



"O Holy Night" midi courtesy of  - 11/22/05

"Cantique de Noel" and "O Holy Night" lyrics courtesy of - 12/21/05

Stained Glass Window of The Nativity over the High Altar of Church of St. Teresa, Beaconsfield, UK
courtesy of - 12/21/05

 Blue Stained Glass Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/21/05

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

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

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

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