The First Noel

“There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” Luke 2:8-9

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay tending their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

They lookèd up and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
Over Bethlehem it took its rest;
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

Then entered in those Wise Men three,
Full reverently upon the knee,
And offered there, in His presence,
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

We Make History

Proudly Presented

Our 10th Annual

Victorian Christmas Ball

November 27th, 2010    Mesa, Arizona


The Victorians certainly loved Christmas and so do we!

The joyful family of We Make History celebrated this wonderful season of the Birth of Our Saviour in the old Victorian style with dancing, gifts, caroling and plenty of good cheer for all!


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Christmas Letters

Dear friends,
We hope that all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season celebrating the Birth of Our Saviour.
For us in the We Make History Family the Christmas season began back on November 27th, the glorious day of the Victorian Christmas Ball, and didn't end until Epiphany on January 6th. But then again, why should it end at all? May the truth of Christmas of which angels sang be with us and the Star of Bethlehem shine upon us all through the year.
Our Christmas Ball was nothing short of wonderful. It was the kind of evening that brings pleasant contemplation to the senses; even for weeks, months and years afterward. Who could forget our beautiful people bedecked in all their Christmas finery moving in unison throughout the cheerfully crowded Hall? Who could forget the smiles, the laughter and yes, the tears as we sang and celebrated the Love of Christ together through the good old carols. The decorations, the music, the skit, the gift giving - all worked in unison as a symphony of joy and celebration.
And the dancing.....
Oh my, the dancing!
How beautiful to behold and how joyful to participate!
Who could forget the Virginia Reel, the marathon Virginia Reel which may have broken all previous records. It was an amazing spectacle indeed!!!
Now we move forward into a Happy New Year. 2011. May it be a year of joy for the Family of We Make History.
We'll do our part. We'll commence the New Year with the Arizona Barn Dance to be held in Mesa on January 29th. This is your chance to "get your western on", "cowboy up", "cowgirl up", "unleash the country person within" or do whatever you need to do to come out on January 29th and enjoy a very lively family-friendly evening of high-steppin, foot-stompin' traditional, old-timey fun. Get ready to "throwdown with some hoedown!"
Yeeeee Haaaaa!
Also be looking ahead to George Washington's Birthday Ball in February and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Ball in March.
My friends, I do look forward to seeing you again in 2011.
A Happy New Year to all.
Your humble servant,
Lord Scott
We Make History
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Anybody who warned of Confederates bearing gifts never met me at the Victorian Christmas Ball. Slung around my shoulders is a haversack full of cards written out to every family I can remember who touched my life in some way during the past year. The process is like a rosary, counting blessings and prayers in ink before the signature.

I flirted with the idea of coming in my kilt -- my Stewart tartan has a better Christmas look and feel. Yet I know I'll be summoned to take part in the annual 1st Virginia Christmas skit, which requires the proper attire. One must sacrifice. And yet the gray wool doesn't reflect the joy of the season or the light which I long to be.

Coffee has lifted my energy, but man doesn't live by Folger's alone. It takes something more to dance every number on the card: "House Of Burgesses," "Chase The Squirrel," "The Road To Edinburgh," "The Cookie Dance," "The Candy Cane Dance," a Virginia Reel and then another Virginia Reel... thirty... minutes... long.

"It's the hardest dance I've ever done," my friend and partner Madame Noire observes. She cannot believe my stamina. I can hardly stand at times, but I will endure.

"There are harder dances," I point out.

"All the hoopskirts," she notes. She is fascinated by how the Victorian ladies carry themselves so well through so much liveliness and still stay so beautiful.

Great joy, true joy, comes from above... and from a few lively dances, dear words to dear friends, and the warmth of all of us caroling together.

"Silent night... Holy night... "

"Take a look at all the people around you," our host says, "and remember this moment."

Pvt. Francis


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