How to Rock Christmas #iPPP

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We were all of thirty feet from the side of the stage, a stage full of lights and contraptions begging for guesses about what they would do, where they would go.

Every year, I have seen the tickets go on sale, and every year I wished I could go. Just once. To see the spectacle and hear the music that makes Christmas for me. This time, I decided I would go, and I would take my dad. The guy who introduced me to Trans-Siberian Orchestra so many years ago, and who does so much to make my life easier with four kids. We’re a team on school mornings, one driving the kids, one staying with the little two. But we don’t get to hang out much, just the two of us, and I decided that this was our chance.

We went for the matinee performance, found our seats and watched the arena fill up.

We settled in to watch, in awe, as the silky smooth voice of the narrator started the show. He introduced the story of the Lost Christmas Eve, and for two hours, we were along for the ride. A ride that included epic guitar solos, an incredible amount of hair tossing, Christmas joy, and tears.

I’m not sure there was a dry eye in that place as one of the backup singers came out and sang O’Come All Ye Faithful. It was…soft and tender and overwhelmingly powerful, all at the same time. Definitely one of the highlights for me.

At least three guitarists took turns filling the arena with music, along with one kick ass electric violinist who stood so close to us during much of the performance that we could see the sheen of her leather pants. The stage was full of long hair, tight pants, coat tails, lights, smoke, even fire and snow.

After the story of the Lost Christmas Eve was told, they shed their amazingly awesome corseted-in-the-back tuxedo jackets and played for another hour, ending with one of my most favorite Christmas songs of all time (and one of my current ringtones), Carol Bells.

After the show, we walked up the block to a German Restaurant/Brewery called the Flying Saucer, sidled up to the bar and had a delightfully delicious dinner.

And we were home by 7:45 pm on a school night. All kinds of AWESOME.

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40 Responses to How to Rock Christmas #iPPP

  1. mamamash says:

    I don't know whether to be more jealous that you went to see TSO or that you got to hang out at the Saucer! :)

  2. Kerstin says:

    All kinds of awesome! And you are one hot mama!
    Great that you and your dad got to hang out.

  3. Mama Pants says:

    I love it. I used to go on concert dates with my dad all the time. I loved it.

  4. angela says:

    The red lip is amazing.

    Also? Carol Bells is my favorite.

    • gretafunk says:

      Thanks, Angela. I'm thinking I'll have to pull out the lipstick again tomorrow night for the company Christmas party. My favorite favorite is Christmas Canon, but I have several new favorites now!

  5. Elaine says:

    Oh my gosh, I just LOVE that you went with your Dad. Talk about all kinds of awesome! Sounds like a blast!! :D

  6. Angela says:

    I love this post. I think it's great that you got to hang out with your dad, love the red lips and the pictures of the concert are pretty awesome.

  7. Audrey says:

    It has always been a dream of mine to see them in concert. I cannot have a Christmas without listening to their CD. LOVE that you got to go, and took your dad!

  8. Alison says:

    Love that you went with your Dad. So much fun!

  9. Farrah says:

    Wow- you weren't kidding- you DID rock Christmas. And I am SO impressed with having such a great night out and home by 8pm! I learned about TSO years ago when that Christmas lights house became super popular on YouTube. I have always wondered what they were like to see live. Glad you had fun!

    • gretafunk says:

      Oh yeah, that was a great video. Can you imagine the time it takes to do something like that?! They were so good live, and our ears weren't even ringing afterwards (which tells you a lot about the production value!).

  10. Kristen says:

    I always do stuff with my dad too but it involves my girls. It was great that you had the chance to spend some quality time with yours. And to do all of that and be home so early (on any night) is the cherry on top!

  11. Julia says:

    I have always wanted to go see them, sounds like you had an amazing time. I love that this is something that you and your dad did together.

  12. How wonderful Greta. I'm now in Florida with my mom and dad is in the hospital not doing so well. You are so lucky your dad looks young and ya'll have lots of time left together. My father and I went to tons of things together when I was a girl. Fishing trips, sporting events. Great memories mean a lot now.

    • gretafunk says:

      I'm so sorry, Jamie. I'm glad you have those great memories, though. I hope we have lots of time together, but as I've learned all too well, you just never know.

  13. bocafrau says:

    Sounds like you had an all around wonderful day with your dad. I've heard of TSO but didn't know what it was about. The local radio station was giving away tickets for their show here. I'll have to look into it!

  14. galitbreen says:

    So. Much. FUN! Love!

  15. Jackie says:

    I'm jealous…. that had to be one amazing show!!

    Love the red lipstick too!

    • gretafunk says:

      It really was amazing, and it didn't even seem all that loud, which was super amazing.

      Thanks, Jackie! I think I'll bust it out for the Christmas party tomorrow!

  16. Michigan Left says:

    What a fun night with your dad! And talk about having the best seats in the house. Those photos are spectacular.

  17. nerdmommathfun says:

    Oh, SO jealous – what a great time it looks like you guys had!! (And you and your dad? THE CUTEST.)

  18. Jessica D Torres says:

    What a fun date with your dad! I saw one of the pics you posted on IG from this concert and I was wondering what it was. Now I know. :)

  19. I would LOVE to see them in concert. They are at our local arena every year and I have yet to get to go.. pouts.. But I am glad you got to go and spend some quality time with your dad.

  20. adriennne says:

    I just saw an ad for this in Orlando! It looks really cool! I love that picture! :)

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