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"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn......And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

- Luke 2: 7, 10-12

12/25/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Merry Christmas!

"Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.... And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying: Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world.... And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given."

- 3 Nephi 1: 10, 12-14

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I do hope your Christmas Day has been as joyous as ours!

  This theme observance is supposed to repeat every year, whether or not it does due to the time restraints of the webmistress.....

   Today's beautiful graphic title art is courtesy of      Glenn Dye ('60) of TX. Thanks, Glenn, so much!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/24/07:

   With a house full of delightful company - including five adorable grandchildren ranging in age from ten to two - my time is extraordinarily limited, and my concentration level has dropped to waaay below zero at the moment.  Therefore, I'm saving practically all personal correspondence, as well as anything time consuming (namely images or anything causing me to have to think), for later editions this week.

    Thank y'all for your patience and understanding!



Happy Birthday to our Christmas Day Two-Fer:    Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!

   Coming Soon:

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA; 29 - Roy Tate ('57); 30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA; 31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND      Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  12/22/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, The legend of holly":

Dear Carol / Dimples
An interesting story especially this time of year. 
The legend of holly.


When Christ was born in Bethlehem
on that first Christmas night,
a barren bush outside the stable
blossomed full and bright.
It bore a grim reminder
at the crown he'd one day wear;
it's prickly leaves foretold the thorns
of sorrow He would bear.
Amidst the green there grew strange fruit
with small berries scarlet red,
as crimson as the very blood
our Savior was to shed.
In honor of the Prince of Peace
a flower pure and white,
blossomed sweetly when the Lord was born
that holy Christmas night.

   Thank you, Herbie Darlin'!  Merry Christmas!


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/23/07 - "interesting link for your readers":

Hi Carol ... not sure if you have shown this in the past ... interesting:

Happy holidays ...

da babe

   I'm not really sure either! Thanks, Babe!  Merry Christmas!


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/23/07 - "Lights":

Well, I finally got the last of the Christmas lights up.


I don't need a twelve-step program; I can stop buying wood-working tools any time I want to.



   WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Thanks, John - and congratulations!  Merry Christmas!


  From Charlie ('56) and Audrey Hilling of FL - 12/23/07 - "Charlie and Audrey sent you a JibJab greeting":

Lucky you!  Charlie and Audrey cared enough to send you a JibJab Sendables(tm) greeting instead of a crappy e-card!

To see it, click here or copy and paste this url into your browser:

Message from Audrey:
Merry Christmas.
Charlie and Annette have been taking dancing lessons for the New Years Eve party.  How do you think we are doing?

   This is so cute! Thanks so much, Charlie and Audrey!  Merry Christmas!


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 12/24/07 - "Elfed from the Bacon's":

Please go to the link in red this is my family dressed as elves. Merry Christmas, everyone.


Click Me!


Double click on this link or copy and paste it into your internet browser.  This is hilarious!

   This is just sooo adorable! Thanks, Jamey! Merry Christmas!


    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/24/07 - "Merry Christmas!":

I cannot believe you put out a newsletter with a houseful of company!  Bless you my child!
My mother made fruitcake every year.  I never liked it but she and Daddy did.  My husband likes it but I do not make it.  My Aunt Elsie used to send us one every year from Collin St. Bakery in Corsicana, TX.  I prefer Toll House Cookies!  I have made four kinds of cookies and an apple pie.  One of my favorite things to make at Christmas is strawberry pretzel salad...has a pretzel crust, a cream cheese and sugar layer, topped by a strawberry gelatin layer.  You have to make one layer, bake, cool, then the next, chill, then the final layer but it is very pretty and tasty.  It looks especially pretty in a glass bowl.
Merry Christmas Typhoons everywhere! 

Love, Jeanb

   Thanks so much, Lady! Merry Christmas!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/25/07 - "Stress Reliever":

   If you need a little break from it all, try this: 


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 12/24/07 - "Fruit Cake":

Oh, this is SO cool. I just KNEW there were others like you and me, Carol....lurking, longing, to be set free and expose their love of fruit cake. Thank you Domi and "Dimples" (almost rhymes), and I'll bet there are still others out their seeking to shed their shame. What if we established the CFCLA (Closet Fruit Cake Lovers of America)? We could each make a fruit cake from our own recipes (in November, of course - seems to be the thing to do). Then, send our cake to another in the group along with the recipe while, in turn, receiving someone else's fruit cake and their recipe. Then, next year you make that cake and send it on, like a sewing circle, only this would be a circle of Fruit Cakes. I mean that in the nicest way. No, huh. Well, excuse me while I go to the pantry for a slice of my Claxton.


   I do believe there are even more coming, Chandler Darlin'!  And I DO love your idea! Merry Christmas!


  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 12/25/07 - "Fruitcake":

I will have to do some networking to find the recipe.  My college room-mate's grandmother had one for a ten pound cake.  We made it in smaller loaves and gave it as gifts, my senior year at ODU.  It was made  on the day after Thanksgiving.  It was aged in clothes daily soaked in wine.  We used Chianti. There was a whole orange, ground, and dried figs, ground, chopped dates, amongst other ingredients.  The base seemed to be a gingerbread.  It was loaded with fruit and a little slice would do. 

The last time I made it, I made the 10 pound cake in entirety.  I lovingly wrapped in an ancient feed sack, soaked in burgundy, daily.  Shortly before Christmas, I came into the home after choir practice.  My Golden Retriever "designer" dog was lying on the floor in front of the baseboard heater.  She was not even moving her eyes.

I found the remnants of the feed sack, the paper bag and the intact heirloom platter on the floor in the bedroom.  The dog, true to form, had not broken the plate as she took it off the dresser.  There was not a sign of the cake. 

This was Grandmother Newblll's recipe.  We used her husband's recipe for our eggnog for our Christmas Madrigal party.  We drank a cup before bedtime and slept very well.  It kept for two weeks in the refrigerator.  If I can contact my friend and get the fruitcake recipe,  I will include the eggnog recipe as well.  The spices and the fruit in the cake are bound to offset the preservatives in the eggnog.

I have been able to spend time with friends and family in this holiday period.  I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period.  We need to keep all of the military, law enforcement, healthcare, retail, and  restaurant employees in our thoughts.

Barbara Brewer 1969 NNHS

   YIKESARONI - GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Barbara! And indeed we will continue our thoughts and prayers for those who serve!


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/24/07:

Spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday and this evening after work cleaning, organizing, shopping. I'm taking a break with a plateful of curried shrimp and a glass of white wine.  In the morning I will make stuffing for the roasting chicken and dry-rub the rolled rib eye roast and make fresh rolls. Then two of mine, and possibly my daughter-in-law, will come for brunch (Cider-cured bacon, corn muffins, scrambled eggs, mimosas). (Her husband, my oldest son, is working until 5). We'll bake some cookies. We'll play games.  At about 5:30 oldest son should arrive, and we will open presents and munch some appetizers-- daughter-in-law loves scallops in bacon. Then we'll have roast chicken and roast beef, salad, asparagus, roasted potatoes, corn, cranberries, bearnaise sauce, tarragon mushrooms, and rolls. Then there will be Dobos Torte with whipped cream. I have to work the rest of the week; Friday night friends are coming over for breadbake (9 kinds, including VortLimpor and Finnish Oat  and Nissua) and then Saturday a fire-and-ice ritual and the groaning board-- mead, breads, Danish, Irish, and local homemade butter, cheeses,  yellow pea soup, herring, gravlox, shrimp, Swedish meatballs, Irish spiced beef, roast lamb, roast pork, roast duck, baked turkey breast, salad, mashed sweet potatoes, pickles and relishes, cookies, tea rings, Yule log (the chocolate-iced kind) hot spiced tea and coffee, juice and seltzer and there are rumors of Aquavit and Clementines, and nuts to crack.  Sunday I will collapse and sleep.


Chris: Samhain is the traditional end of October/beginning of November feastday that falls approximately with Halloween. Beltaine is at the beginning of May, when the cows are moved to summer pasturage and the hawthorne blooms. Unless your Wiccan neighbours were from Australia, or New Zealand, or other places south of the Equator, of course-- down there they tend to go with the reversed cycle of the seasons, confusing those of us in the northern hemisphere who read their newsletters. ( We do understand it's hard to do a Yule fire-and-ice ritual when it's 90 degrees Fahrenheit and instead of a roaring fire, hot spiced wine, and a duck or goose and venison or roast beef or the boar's head roasting you've got shrimp on the barbie...)
We're all Reform Druids nowadays-- no blood sacrifice-- even though the courts have ruled that animal sacrifice is legal (the case involved traditional Santeria practices) most of us prefer to buy our meat at the supermarket neatly encased in plastic wrap. Wimpy of us, I know. I do know a few traditionalists who raise or hunt their own meat and offer to the spirit of the animal and the High Ones, but I'm afraid 3 AM in a duck blind clutching a rifle with a nasty kick or a compound bow is not my style, and killing something I've raised and named doesn't work for me. 

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Domi!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/25/07 - "Early Sunday Afternoon":


     D'jever try to take pictures of forty-eleven people after church in a busy corridor when several of them were still busy with responsibilities and people were trying to pass them in the hall?!?

   Such fun!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007 - Fayetteville, NC
Brent, Bethany, Jacob, Thomas, Emeline, Joseph, and Jimmy Harty of OH Thomas, Carol, Jacob, and Paul Harty



1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  12/14/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This is Dog Logic" (#7 in a series of 12):

Dear Carol / Dimples
Something to ponder.


   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!  

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.


   There's much much more to come - next time!  Meanwhile, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305


Away in a Manger

Words: Verses 1 & 2, anonymous, in Little Child­ren’s Book for Schools and Families, by J. C. File (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America, 1885). Some sources show the author as Martin Luther; this attribution (probably incorrect) is based on the title “Luther’s Cradle Hymn,” given to these words by the composer, James Murray (7 Mar 1841 - 10 Mar 1905), in his Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses (Cincinnati, Ohio: The John Church Co., 1887).

Verse 3 is by John T. McFarland (1851-1913), 1904

Music (Cradle Song) by William J. Kirkpatrick, 1895

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.


“Away in a Manger” midi, lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/08/07

Webmistress' Note: Of the five available tunes for this cherished carol, I have chosen to use my personal favorite.

Animated Baby Jesus with Lambs clip art courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/07/07
Thanks so much, Glenn!

Tiny Baby Jesus clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy
of - 12/23/05

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
Thanks, Al!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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