Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Christmas All Year Round

I love Christmas … but not for the reasons maybe you think I love Christmas.   I love getting presents (but that’s not why I love Christmas), and I love flashy bright decorations (but that’s not why I love Christmas).  I love baking Christmas cookies and pies (but that’s not why I love Christmas), and I love visiting people and having people visit me (but that’s not why I love Christmas).

I love Christmas because it helps to remind me that Christmas isn’t just one day out of the year, and it’s not just the whole month between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

It’s about family and friends and strangers.  Yes …. and strangers.  Because part of the Christmas spirit is caring about people who need help either because they don’t have something or they don’t have someone in their lives.

It’s about sharing what you have and sometimes if all you have is a good heart and great listening skills, then you should probably volunteer your good heart and great listening skills to a local senior living residence.

My Great-Uncle Earl lives in a senior living residence.  He’s my one grandpa’s oldest brother.  He fought in the war and he has the best stories to tell about what it was like when he was as old as me and growing up in the olden days.  I go to see him every single week unless I’m sick, then I don’t because I don’t want anyone to catch what I have when I’m sick.  Anyway, when I go see him, I don’t just go see him.  I talk to a lot of his friends at the residence, too, because they have really great stories to tell me about the old-fashioned days.

Why do I talk to Great-Uncle Earl’s friends when we go visit?  Because I think that when I’m sick and I don’t visit my Great-Uncle Earl, he’s probably a little sad about that (maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think so).  I think about maybe one of his friends not being able to see someone they care about because maybe that person is sick and can’t come visit, or because that person (like a brother or a sister or one of their kids or grandkids) lives really far, far away and only can come visit sometimes even if they send them mail and email a lot in-between times.

So I visit with them, and we talk about whatever they want to talk about mostly because I can talk about pretty much anything a person wants to talk about, and what I don’t know anything about, I can ask a bazillion questions.

My Grandma and Grandpa Two Rivers like to be sneaky, especially when it’s Christmas time.  They know some seniors that live in senior living residences are missing some Christmas traditions that matter to a whole bunch to them.  They like to surprise them with things like Swedish Gingerbread cookies and Dutch Speculaas and Glazed Pfeffernuesse and Apple Streusel and sugar-dusted Polish bow-tie Fritters.  My grandma also makes almond sugar cookies with jam in the middle and they’re superly delicious.  I don’t know what country those come from so if you want to know, ask me and I’ll ask my grandma and let you know in the Comments section below.

Here’s the thing.  They don’t just make surprises like that at Christmastime.  It’s just that at Christmas, it’s more festive.

Anyway, on Friday, the Missy Barrett Holiday Tea Parties are happening.  There’s one at 2 in the afternoon (that one got sold out already last month) and there’s one at 4 in the afternoon (there’s still tickets to go to that one).  The whole idea behind all of my monthly tea parties is for all kinds of people from kids to teens to grown-ups to seniors to get together and enjoy a real tea party together — with zero zip technology!!!


So if you know someone who needs some Christmas cheering up, call Christie (she’s the mom of Mom’s Vintage Kitchen) at 865-446-2343 and get your tickets right away.  And when you come to the Holiday Tea Party, for a whole $4 a person, you’ll get tea and sweet treats (as in Christmas cookies) and there’s going to be giveaways and surprise gifts and plus you have no idea what else is planned that’s superly fun for both tea parties on Friday!

Be a Christmas light this holiday season.  If you do that, it won’t be long before you feel tingly warm about being a loving and caring person all year long.  Try it and see for yourself.  And remember to smile at everyone you meet.

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Bwahaha Humbug!

You guys know how much I love going to great shows and how much I love doing fun stuff, so it’s no surprise that when I heard there was a new show at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg, I just had to see “Bah Humbug!”  Last night, my whole family went to see this Christmas show and just like “Frolic: Something Amusing This Way Comes” and “Perfect Nonsense” this show did not disappoint me at all.

I would love to talk about everything in the show but because I don’t want to wreck the magic and merriment (thanks for that word, Grandpa Barrett), I’ll only mention a few amazing things about this show you need to go see between now and the end of the year.

First of all, it’s more like “Bwahaha Humbug” than “Bah Humbug” and that’s because The Great Victorian Amusement Company is totally focused on the “laugh and be merry part” of the show’s name.  Christopher L. Sullivan and Scott Johnson and Stephanie Butters bring a lot of talent and personality to everything they do.  Jennifer MacPherson-Evans (she’s the General Manager of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre) and her brother Christopher MacPherson (the director of all the shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and plus he’s Ollie the Clown) are super awesome, too!

But it’s not just about laughing at silly skits and what my one grandma calls “oh oh humor.”  This show also has one part that made me cry, first because I was so sad for Ollie the Clown, and then because I was so happy for Ollie the Clown.  What is so amazing about the skit is that nobody says any words because it’s all done in mime style.  I almost ran up on stage to hug Ollie the Clown when he was sad because I didn’t want him to think he has zero zip friends.  I’m glad I didn’t because if I did, that might have messed up the mime because I talk … a lot.

They also did this song my Grandpa Barrett knows (don’t ask me how he knew all the words because I don’t know the answer to that) and they did it so well, I wish they had asked everyone in the audience to get up and march around the theater.  I guess they couldn’t do that because if we marched the way I wanted to, we would have to go out one of the entrances and come back in one of the exits, and that would just be silly.

There’s so much fun stuff packed in this show you will not even believe how hard you are laughing at everything from the “Nutcracker Suite” (I cannot spell the name of the man that wrote this because all I remember is it starts with the letter T but it sounded like ‘shy cow ski‘ to me when Scott said his name so I think the T part was another joking part of the show) to “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Talking about “A Christmas Carol” that was amazing.  You probably already heard of one-act plays, right?  Well, this version is a one-man act and it was awesome and done excellently by Christopher MacPherson.

Stephanie Butters sang “Santa Baby” and she did a superly great job of it (she looked really beautiful in her costume, too, just so you know).

Talking about singing, you’re going to want to hold on to your sides when all of the actors perform “The 12 Days Of Christmas.”  Don’t say I didn’t warn you because I just did.  By the time you get to the five golden rings, you’re going to wonder what else could possibly happen in that song, and that’s even if you know all the words to the song!

SPOILER ALERT:  It’s so funny, you might forget to breathe, so remember to breathe.

Maybe it’s just me but I think Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre gets funnier every time they put on a new show.  Then again, I don’t think so because last night the place was almost completely packed and last night was a Thursday, not even a weekend night so lots of people agree with me about how funny these guys are.

I’m giving this show a 25-Star rating and that means all five people in the show put on a 5-Star performance (if I said it was a 5-Star rating that would mean everyone only gets 1 star each and all of them deserve their own 5-Star rating in my reviewer opinion).

If you’re looking for something really great to see with family and friends this holiday season, “Bah Humbug: Laugh and Be Merry” is the show to see!  Go to their website and reserve your tickets right now!  After you see the show, leave a great review on their Facebook page and tell all your friends about it so they can have boat loads of fun this holiday season.  Better yet, buy Sweet Fanny Adams Theater show tickets as Christmas presents for your friends and family.  They are going to love you so much for doing that.

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