Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Carol

One of the special memories I have from childhood Christmases is that one year we went to see A Christmas Carol at Ford Theatre in Washington D.C.  This is the theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  At the time I didn't have a lot of appreciation for history, but even I was impressed to walk inside and look around.  They show A Christmas Carol there every year, and while we aren't in a position to go see it at Ford Theatre this year, I was able to take the boys to a mini spin off of the play that was done by Mill Mountain Children's Theatre at the downtown Roanoke library.

It was an unusual production.  They made it into an old school radio rendition of the play, complete with audience interaction.  The boys got to sing/read along at times.  This kept their interest. 
 And while they didn't get to see Scrooge or the ghosts, they got to see how the sounds of radio shows were made - the clanking of chains and the thunder of a storm.  I think they really enjoyed the performance.
Here are the boys against a mural of downtown Roanoke that is on the upper level of the library.  Smiles all around!

Readers, do you have any special Christmas memories of something fun you did with your family one year?

27 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Memories of Christmas past... I remember the year my oldest brother snuck a puppy under the tree for me, my present from Santa.

Since I saw him, I knew there was no 'Santa' as such, but learned something much better; that regular people could be Santa for one another!

Steve Surratt said...

Lots of neat stuff to do downtown for kids now a days. When I was a kid you stayed away from downtown Roanoke: BAD!

Out on the prairie said...

This sounds fun. I have went to the Nutcracker every year put on by a local ballet. Headed to Mannheim Steamroller next.

Harry Flashman said...

I am frequently amazed that in addition to being a working mom with two jobs and a family, you manage to arrange all these trips for your kids. I remember how hard that was to do when ours were little and I was working two jobs.

TexWisGirl said...

kind of a neat way to present it!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

This sounds really neat, especially with the radio aspect. We didn't do a lot beyond family gatherings when I was little. My dad's side of the family usually met for a meal at my uncle's house. He worked for Dr. Pepper and he was always offering everyone bottles of Dr. Pepper. I think of those times whenever I drink a Dr. Pepper nowadays.

Linda said...

Participation! That must have been really fun for your guys! And I love their Christmas shirts! My fondest memory is when our sweet stuttering son was the narrator for the 2nd grade presentation of "The Nutcracker Suite." When the music teacher said he volunteered to narrate and asked if that was okay with us, we of course said "yes." He did a superb job! Not one stutter throughout the entire performance! No speech therapist could explain that! Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa you are the most amazing Mom I admire your skills at balancing motherhood a job and life. Your boys are very lucky indeed. Childhood memory 10 kids sitting on a floor watching the original Scrooge with cocoa and my Mom yes it was the best. xo Hug B

Willow said...

What little cherubs !!!

I Am Woody said...

We love to go to the Opryland Hotel at Christmas. Their lights and decorations are incredible!

mail4rosey said...

I've been to that theater, and was impressed too. The pictures you have here are great, I love that last one because they all look so happy!

Sally Crowe said...

So very precious.

Those smiles; that's what it's all about. :)

Ginny said...

This is cool! And maybe the mini one was better for attention span. Good that it was interactive too! We have something downtown that is the Old Fashioned Radio hour.

Monkeywrangler said...

We have a couple traditions with the kids. First, DH reads the original Dickens A Christmas Carol to them for about 13 nights before Christmas, concluding on the 24th.

We also watch the DVD of A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim's version of course!) on Christmas Eve.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a fun way to learn an old story! My favorite times were when my Grandparents would come to stay over Christmas....they spoiled me like no one else!

Chatty Crone said...

They are so cute. We used to have breakfast with Santa at Marshall Field's every year.

Gail Dixon said...

The boys' smiles made me smile. When I had young'uns, we took them to Six Flags Over Texas for their annual Christmas festivities. The kids loved it.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

love looking at your photos, and all the memories!
love
tweedles

A Quiet Corner said...

There have been a lot since I am one of Santa's elves...HO!HO!HO!...)JP

Montanagirl said...

That was a great experience for them! They're such cuties!!

SweetMarie said...

Cute pics! Seems perfect for this age. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Hello There, I enjoyed your post today. Glad the boys enjoyed the performance... Looks perfect for kids their ages. One of the best memories I have during Christmas with my children was our family's participation in our church's "Walk through Bethlehem"... Wonderful experience

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I do try to read blogs—but just haven’t commented very much lately like I usually try to do. Please don’t give up on me. Hopefully my life will be back to ‘normal’— whatever that is (ha), sometime in January.

I did get a cortisone shot in my knee —which has helped with the pain somewhat. In January, I will most likely have meniscus tear surgery…. BUT—in the meantime, I plan to have a fantastic Christmas —and hopefully get to see my kids/grands… God is Good.

Hugs,
Betsy

alissa apel said...

How fun! I went on a field trip when I was a kid to.

We have it here in Omaha. It's pretty expensive for a whole family to go though. I'd rather saving my bucks and go to Cirque du Soleil. One year we went to Lion King.

Michael Manning said...

Lisa: What memories the boys will savor for years to come! Among them, how creative you are with so many fascinating trips to laces where it's not only fun to take in sights and sounds, but they learn so much too! That is amazing!! ;)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wouldn't that be fun?!

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Lisa,
It looks like it must have been a wonderful rendition to the play...
Your children are very beautiful.
They get great photos shots...
I am sure their performance should have been exciting during the show.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year.
All the Best,
Poet Starry.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Glad they were able to participate in that. Sounds like a nice time!