We Three Kings

John H. Hopkins, Jr.    1857

  "lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.


Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshipping God on high.


Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.


Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies.


We Make History

Proudly Presents

Our 13th Annual

Victorian Christmas Ball

November 30th, 2013    Mesa, Arizona


The Victorians certainly loved Christmas and so do we!

Join the joyful family of We Make History as we celebrate this wonderful season in the old Victorian style with dancing, gifts, caroling and plenty of good cheer for all!

When:  The evening of Saturday, November 30th, 2013 a social time for our guests to express Christmas wishes and present cards or gifts to friends and have their photos taken shall begin by 7 with the Ball to commence at 7:30 and to end about 12.

Where:  The Fitch Center at the northeast corner of Center St. & 2nd Ave. in Mesa, Arizona

Expect:  Live music, enjoyable dancing, caroling, drama, gift giving and the most cheerful and pleasant company one could ask for! We will teach fairly simple historic dances from the early decades of the Victorian era so that all may enjoy. Light refreshments will be served.

Fashion:  Dress to any point in the Victorian era circa 1840-1900. Modern evening attire (tuxedos, suits with ties and jackets, evening gowns) is also welcome. As per Victorian times, dress standards for children are the same as those for adults.

How to Fashionably Prepare:  (1) Begin an educational journey through historic Victorian attire fashion by clicking here. (2) Many of our We Make History Family have used historic patterns and have sewed their own historic attire. We are always willing to help with advice with this and even offer occasional classes and workshops. (3) Others piece together ensembles from thrift store finds or make alterations in items found in their closets. (4) Still others enjoy picking out and renting costumes. (Our friends at Moezart Productions are always willing to rent out costumes for a very nominal fee.) (4) As mentioned, modern evening attire is always welcome too. Please also see the House Standards below.

Come & Welcome: Admission is open to well mannered persons of grace and respect. We attract a very gracious group of people who know how to properly conduct themselves according to our House Standards.

Families:  We welcome families to bring all members ages eight and up whom they deem to be of sufficient social maturity to enjoy the occasion. We do ask that all children be attended by adults.


Passes will be available at the Ball for which we request $30 each.


To the Entire We Make History Family






















































































House Standards for

The Victorian Christmas Ball

We are grateful to our wonderful guests who make the effort with us to create a special ambience and atmosphere of respect. We uphold these standards out of regard for our much-appreciated friends and for the sake of the integrity of our events and the inspirational, educational and character developing purposes behind them.

1. The use of either tobacco or alcohol is prohibited.

2. Videotaping is not welcome other than by our house videographer. We work hard to create a special and comfortable historic ambience that all will enjoy. Discreet photography is welcome but please leave video equipment at home.

3. No unauthorized distribution of literature is allowed. Nor is this event an opportunity to recruit persons for purposes either modern or historical. Please allow all of our guests to enjoy the evening in peace.

4. This is an historic ball and we ask that even those dressed modern conform to certain historic standards.

All clothed in modern attire must be at least at a semi-formal level. Modern gentlemen need to be wearing tuxes or suits. As per historic standards, jackets and ties need to be on at all times. Modern ladies should wear long gowns, preferably at or near ankle length - not short dresses or skirts and blouses. These standards apply to all ages.

5. Appropriate footwear is required. (i.e. historic footwear, dress shoes, dancing slippers, ballet flats, etc.) Please no sandals, flip-flops or athletic shoes. For the sake of your safety as well as event ambience dancing barefoot is impermissible.

6. We do not offer refunds of contributions.

7. As per common historic standards, ages 13 and up are welcome. Younger persons 8-12 are also welcome if well-mannered, responsible and able to exhibit the necessary social maturity.

For this Ball we welcome participation down to eight years of age if parents feel their children are able to responsibly join in. But please note that as per historic society, we expect that young people will adhere to the same standards of dress and conduct as the adults.

8. Gracious and respectful conduct & conversation are expected of all, to all and at all times.

9. We desire to be good stewards of the facilities we use, to treat them with care and to leave them in at least as good of condition as when we arrived.

10. Though this has never happened ... For the good of all, any who might consider themselves exempt from any of the above may be asked to leave.

Please also see our “Etiquette & Expectations” page as well as our "All About Us" page.














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