She had heard from friends about this opportunity and took it upon herself to talk me into making it happen.
This posed several problems that I could see.
1. The submission was in three weeks. (Very quick timeline)
2. Even if we used just the part of our big our family who live nearby, where could we rehearse, record, and film in this time of restrictions due to COVID-19?
3. Where would we find a sound guy and a videographer on short notice who would brave the COVID-19 restrictions to help us?
Well, amazingly, we pulled it off and got it turned by November 15th, 2020.
"On a Sacred Still and Silent Night" - performed by the Bailey/Lee Family Singers conducted by Betsy Lee Bailey with Amy Gabbitas (piano), Bev Kellersberger (violin) and Matthew Bailey (guitar)
After meeting with the videographer, we came up with a filming plan that included a lot of our youngest kids in a Nativity Pageant. We had also planned to film outside as a choir (25+) on a hillside, but decided against it due to a snowstorm. Plan B found us madly rearranging all the furniture in my house to create a warm, Christmasy venue for our video. (Plus, we had to make room for the massive lights the camera guys brought!) We decided that for the video, a cozy family gathering for Christmas Eve was all right, too.
Yes, we pretty much ignored the restrictions of no gatherings of more than 10 people inside. It was wonderful to rehearse and prepare a performance in this time where hardly anyone is allowed to sing praises. We had a glorious few moments singing our testimonies of the Savior to pass on to you this Christmas season. Enjoy!
Christmas Nativity Pageant - short script for families
"On a Sacred, Still and Silent Night" - sheet music