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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35 thoughts on “How to Rock Christmas #iPPP

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

    • 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!

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

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

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. 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.

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