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12/26/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Boxing Day!

It's getting bigger and bigger (Boxing Day) because of the gift card
phenomenon. It's a no-brainer as a gift, you just give $50 on a gift
card and then the person can zip out and get what they want.”

- John Winter

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Let's pretend we all celebrate this day.

BONUS #1 - - Good King Wenceslas - The Irish Rovers

BONUS #2 - - Good King Wenceslas - Choir of Westminster Abbey

BONUS #3 - - Good King Wenceslas - The Skydiggers

BONUS #4 - - Good King Wenceslas - Yorkminster, 1995

BONUS #5 - - Good King Wenceslas - Loreena McKennitt

BONUS #6 - Good King Wenceslas - Mannheim Steamroller, 1984

BONUS #7 - - Good King Wenceslas - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

HOMEWORK: - How to Celebrate Boxing Day


"Good King Wenceslas" is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of Good King Wenceslas braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935).

In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the "Wenceslas" lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853.[1][2] Neales' lyrics were set to a tune based on a 13th century spring carol "Tempus adest floridum" ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

Wenceslas was considered a martyr and a saint immediately after his death in the 10th century, when a cult of Wenceslas grew up in Bohemia and in England.[3] Within a few decades of Wenceslas's death four biographies of him were in circulation.[4][5] These hagiographies had a powerful influence on the High Middle Ages conceptualization of the rex justus, or "righteous king"—that is, a monarch whose power stems mainly from his great piety, as well as from his princely vigor.[6]

Referring approvingly to these hagiographies, the chronicler Cosmas of Prague, writing in about the year 1119, states:[7]

But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.

Several centuries later the legend was claimed as fact by Pope Pius II,[8] who himself also walked ten miles barefoot in the ice and snow as an act of pious thanksgiving.[9]

Although Wenceslas was, during his lifetime, only a duke, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I posthumously "conferred on [Wenceslas] the regal dignity and title" and that is why, in the legend and song, he is referred to as a "king".[10] The usual English spelling of Duke Wenceslas's name, Wenceslaus, is occasionally encountered in later textual variants of the carol, although it was not used by Neale in his version.[11] Wenceslas is not to be confused with King Wenceslaus I of Bohemia (Wenceslaus I Premyslid), who lived more than three centuries later.

The tune is that of "Tempus adest floridum" ("It is time for flowering"), a 13th-century spring carol first published in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones in 1582. Piae Cantiones is a collection of seventy-four songs compiled by Jaakko Suomalainen, the Protestant headmaster of Turku Cathedral School, and published by Theodoric Petri, a young Catholic printer. The book is a unique document of European songs intended not only for use in church, but also schools, thus making the collection a unique record of secular (as opposed to sacred), children's songs of the late medieval period.[12]

A text beginning substantially the same as the 1582 "Piae" version is also found in the German manuscript collection Carmina Burana as CB 142, where it is substantially more carnal; CB 142 has clerics and virgins playing the "game of Venus" (goddess of love) in the meadows, while in the Piae version they are praising the Lord from the bottom of their hearts.[13][14]

The text of Neale's carol bears no relationship to the words of "Tempus Adest Floridum".[15] In or around 1853, G. J. R. Gordon, Queen Victoria's envoy and minister in Stockholm, gave a rare copy of the 1582 edition of Piae Cantiones to English hymnwriter John Mason Neale, Warden of Sackville College, East Grinstead, Sussex and to the Reverend Thomas Helmore (Vice-Principal of St. Mark's College, Chelsea). The book was entirely unknown in England at that time. Neale translated some of the carols and hymns, and in 1853, he and Helmore published twelve carols in Carols for Christmas-tide (with music from Piae Cantiones). In 1854, they published a dozen more in Carols for Easter-tide and it was in these collections that Neale's original hymn was first published.

John Mason Neale published the carol "Good King Wenceslas" in 1853, although he may have written his carol some time earlier, since he carried on the legend of St. Wenceslas (the basis of this story) in his Deeds of Faith (1849). Neale was known for his devotion to High Church traditions. According to older Czech sources, Neale's lyrics are a translation of a poem by Czech poet Václav Alois Svoboda, written in Czech, German and Latin.[16]

The hymn's lyrics take the form of five eight-line stanzas in four-stress lines. Each stanza has an ABABCDCD rhyme scheme with the even-numbered lines ending in two-syllable (so-called "feminine") rhymes. In the musical setting the usually unstressed final syllables in these two-syllable rhymes (e.g. Stephen/even) are prolonged as two half-notes (British "minims") bulking each of these lines out to the requisite four stresses. Musically speaking, each line comprises two 4/4 measures.

Neale's words are now in the public domain.[17]* MIDI recording of the melody "Tempus Adest Floridum".

Academics tend to be critical of Neale's textual substitution. H. J. L. J. Massé wrote in 1921:

Why, for instance, do we tolerate such impositions as "Good King Wenceslas?" The original was and is an Easter is marked in carol books as "traditional", a delightful word which often conceals ignorance. There is nothing traditional in it as a carol.[18]

A similar sentiment is expressed by the editors (Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw and Ralph Vaughan Williams) in the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols, which is even more critical of Neale's carol.[19]

This rather confused narrative owes its popularity to the delightful tune, which is that of a Spring carol...Unfortunately Neale in 1853 substituted for the Spring carol this Good King Wenceslas, one of his less happy pieces, which E. Duncan goes so far as to call "doggerel", and Bullen condemns as "poor and commonplace to the last degree". The time has not yet come for a comprehensive book to discard it; but we reprint the tune in its proper setting...not without hope that, with the present wealth of carols for Christmas, Good King Wenceslas may gradually pass into disuse, and the tune be restored to spring-time.[19]

Elizabeth Poston, in the Penguin Book of Christmas Carols, referred to it as the "product of an unnatural marriage between Victorian whimsy and the thirteenth-century dance carol". She goes on to detail how Neale's "ponderous moral doggerel" does not fit the light-hearted dance measure of the original tune, and that if performed in the correct manner "sounds ridiculous to pseudo-religious words"......[20]

   This is far more history than I usually print, but I got such a kick out of it!  Back in 1952,              my mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999)  gave        my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and me a large pamphlet of Christmas carols, which we both loved. (No, we don't still own it, but I was able to locate one on eBay which has the same inner pages, albeit with a different cover.) This carol was included in it, and I really liked it. Mama apparently did not like this song any more than the above mentioned Ms. Poston did, though for a different reason.  As far as I could ever learn, her main objection to it was the double octave jump in the last three notes - the very thing I thought was so super exciting!

   Similarly she had some aversion to "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" which we both adored - no reason, just her policy!  She was the coolest!

   Hey, maybe she would have preferred this version: - Good King Wenceslas - Horrible Histories


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND   Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND    Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND    David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND   Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 26, 1943 - The German warship Scharnhorst was sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.

December 26, 1944 - George S. Patton's Third Army broke the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.


Thursday, December 26, 1963 - The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" were released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.

Thursday, December 26, 1963 - Drummer, songwriter, and producer (Metallica) Lars Ulrich was born in Gentofte, Denmark.

Thursday, December 26, 1963 - Wrestler George Wagner, "Gorgeous George" (born George Raymond Wagner on 24 Mar 1915 in Butte, Nebraska), died in California two days after suffering a heart attack at the age of 48. His health was further compromised by a serious liver condition and failed finances (due to bad investments).

From My Friend, Adrienne, of UT - 12/25/13 - "Tell Someone...":



      Thanks, Adrienne!


From - 12/23/13 - "Holly Jolly Holiday Tips":

Got the Holiday Blues?

By Carolyn C. Bates

Are your holidays filled with loneliness? Do the days just feel like a lot of work? Is the meaning of the holidays lost? Has this just happened now that your children are out of the house and maybe you have been on your own for awhile? Holidays are definitely one of the most difficult times of the year, especially as we live out the last quarter of our lives.

It gets harder and harder to put up the Christmas tree. You just don’t want to take the time, make the effort to cook a big meal. Many of your friends have plans with their own families. Holidays can be traditionally very depressing, stressful and exhausting.

I overheard a man in the Post Office the other day “Oh, you know. I hate the holidays. My wife died last year. I’m just not interested in Christmas.”

I was shopping, a lady checking out said: “I’m sick of all the shopping and cooking. No one appreciates the work I do for everyone to have presents under the tree.” As the mother of five sons and the one that all 18 members of my family looked to for the annual Christmas Eve seated dinner, I can sometimes relate.

What is getting lost in the craziness of the holidaze? What is the reason and meaning for this holiday? What are we supposed to celebrate, remember?

Christmas is a time of year to think of giving to others – the people you love, those who have cared about you, who have helped you, who are less fortunate? Are you feeling lonely, left out, sad from memories of Christmas in the past?

Newsflash! Christmas, as with every other holiday, except maybe your birthday, isn’t just about You. What can you do to make this year different? What can you do to wake up on December 26th and think “this has been a great holiday”?

 Treasure those memories of past loved ones, family Christmases you shared. Unpack special decorations, ornaments your children made in elementary school, frame photos of family and friends together.

 How can you approach giving gifts differently? One of the best presents I ever got was from one of my sons – a picture of him doing something he liked, with a letter telling me his memories of the Christmases he shared with his brothers. Could you do the same thing? Write a story about you as a child, then share this with your children or siblings?

 Who else is in a similar situation as you? Who is alone this year or not able to be with their family? Is there a friend who is overwhelmed by their big family that you could help? Do you know someone who isn’t able to drive, who doesn’t get out much? Do you know someone who is in assisted living, who doesn’t have many visitors? What can you do for these other people? Won’t you be doing something for yourself also?

 Could you share some food in your home? It doesn’t have to be a huge turkey dinner. What about vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, cherries, whipped cream – let everyone make an ice cream mountain? How about just going on a drive in the country? Could you take a walk through the neighborhood or park lights one evening?

 Look in the newspaper or go online to find all of the holiday concerts, programs, fireworks displays in your area. How about the community theatre production of “Dear Santa”? If nothing else, get some friends over to watch a funny movie – “Elf”, “Christmas with the Cranks” or “Home Alone” – drink some hot chocolate with marshmallows. One string of Christmas lights can add so much joy. How about decorating some cookies; this is actually fun for adults too. Think outside of what you always have done. There is a Life outside of your comfortable box.

 How can you contribute to those who are having a particularly hard time? Find agencies who work with homeless or orphaned children, people living in shelters, those who are hungry. Haven’t you heard that your reward is doubled when you give to others less fortunate? Writing a check is great, but you’ll feel the best when you give your time, talents, volunteer. Call any local church, social service organization, hospital or senior center to find an endless list of opportunities. A few phone calls could change your life forever, to say nothing of adding to your holiday memories.

Have you heard all of this before? Are you going to DO anything differently this year? You have to connect with your own spirituality, your own relationship to those around you. One of the most powerful things you can do to improve your own circumstances is to get out of yourself, get out of your own mind and return to your heart.

About the Author:

Carolyn Bates is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Certified Personal Life Coach, expert/contributing author for Self Help magazine and Boomer Living and Top 50 expert with Self Growth. Coach Carolyn is also a member of Coach U, Coachville and The Highland Lakes Health Partnership.

Coaching Life Design specializing in successful life transitions and retirement for Baby Boomers and those 50+. Our focus includes the challenges of parenting your parents, being a caregiver, dealing with adult children, divorce after 50, supporting a serious diagnosis, career changes, retirement decisions and death & dying.

Coaching with Carolyn works with clients who are ready to create and take the steps forward to maintain sustainability for the life and relationships they want.

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#6 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!


"At this joyous season, may personal discords be forgotten and animosities healed. May enjoyment of the season include remembrance of the needy and afflicted. May our forgiveness reach out to those who have wronged us, even as we hope to be forgiven. May goodness abound in our hearts and love prevail in our homes."

-    Thomas S. Monson (b. 21 Aug 1927)

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related): - Cat's Ladybug, Beret and Scarf Set - "This is one of the cutest designs you will ever see. With this free crochet pattern you can make a matching crochet ladybug beret and scarf set. 8 ply yarn is used for the cutest look ever." - Cat's Crocodile Stitch Adult Hat - Cari Clement's Colorful Paolo Purse - "This is an easy free crochet bag pattern that you will love to have for yourself. Double crochet and single crochet is used for this pattern. It can hold your hooks or other small items."

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole - "Finding good pot luck recipes for a crowd is a difficult task, especially when you are dealing with picky eaters. With Crowd-Pleasing Vegetable Casserole you'll impress everyone, both kids and adults. You can use your favorite frozen vegetable mix to suit your friends' and family's tastes. Creamy and delicious, it will become a party favorite. Bring it to your next pot luck and watch as it is the first to be eaten." - Better Than Anything Scotcheroos - "Scotcheroos, if you aren't familiar, are like a cousin of the more famous Rice Krispy Treat. Made with chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch, this recipe for Better Than Anything Scotcheroos is positively addictive. Once you take a bite of this indulgent dessert, you'll find it hard not to have a second or a third piece. That's how you know you've found one of the best dessert bar recipes out there... you just can't stop eating them!" - No Bake Hillbilly Scotcheroos - "No bake cookie recipes are great when you need something for dessert and fast. No Bake Hillbilly Scotheroos are a quick-fix treat that are ready in minutes and also budget friendly. It doesn't get much better than that. Made with chocolate and peanut butter, every bite is absolutely incredible. Share these at your next party and impress all of your guests."


From - 12/24/12:  
A man and his wife were sitting at the kitchen table, which was next to the window.

The man's name was Rudolph, and as he was Russian, people called him "Rudolph the Red."

Rudolph looked out the window and said to his wife, "Oh look, honey, it's raining outside."

She looked out as well and said, "No, I think that is snow."

He looked at her and said, "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear."


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, 2013 - 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

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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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Good King Wenceslas

Words by John Mason Neale (24 Jan 1818 - 06 Aug 1866), 1853

Music - Scandinavian, from Piae Cantiones, 1582

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel

"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather

"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."

In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing


"Good King Wenceslas" midi courtesy of - 12/26/09

"Good King Wenceslas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/26/09

"Happy Boxing Day" Title Image courtesy of - 12/26/09

Red Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/14/05

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!

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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

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 Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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