There are certain charming Christmas traditions that my kids and I just couldn\u2019t miss: \tArguing over whose turn it is to put the star on top of the tree this year. \tWatching my son gently placing Rudolph the THREE-EYED reindeer on the tree while making fun of his sister, who made it in preschool. \tThe anticipation of which delicate ornament will be broken first, and by whom. Oh, the JOY and wonder of Christmas. Right up there with our priceless traditions is seeing \u201cA Beef\u00a0& Boards Christmas.\u201d It\u2019s like wrapping yourself up in a big Christmas stocking in front of a crackling fireplace after a big turkey dinner, and being serenaded by the most beautiful, talented group of dear friends you could dream of. The fact that so many of the actors on stage are friends I've gotten to know from past productions across town makes it all the more special. Kenny Shepard and Deb Wims were as graceful and charming as ever floating across the stage as the hosts for the 24th annual revue-style show of holiday favorites. They absolutely light up the stage. I got teary-eyed watching Deb \u2013 this will be her final year co-hosting the show before she moves out-of-state with her family. (Say it ain\u2019t so, Deb!!) The theatre looked so gorgeously festive. The ever-changing costumes on stage glittered with glam holiday spirit and made me wish I had an occasion fancy enough for a strapless red satin dress with a train. (Nice work, costume designer Jill Kelly Howe!) Here are a few other highlights that my kids and I loved: KID-PLEASING CHARACTERS From Rudolph flying high above the audience with his light-up nose, to Alvin and the Chipmunks chirping along with Santa, to a mischievous Grinch who popped up suddenly (and sometimes simultaneously) in surprising locations all over the theatre, my kiddos were completely entertained. (\u201cHow did the Grinch move so FAST?\u201d Daisy marveled at the end of that number. I saw a lightbulb slowly go off in her little mind. \u201cOh\u2026.MAYBE there was more than one Grinch?\u201d) VELVET VOCALS AND MAGICAL MUSIC There are tons of beautiful voices to enjoy in this show, as always. The bulk of the big vocal numbers were handled by a quartet made up of Cara Statham Server, Betsy Norton, Peter Scharbrough and Kyle Durban, who worked together well, especially on the tight harmonies. I loved hearing dancers AnnaLee Traeger and Alexandria Van Paris from the ensemble show off their great voices as they backed up Betsy Norton's pretty\u00a0melody\u00a0in \u201cTennessee Christmas.\u201d And powerhouse soloist Kendra Lynn Lucas absolutely brought down the house with her soulful \u201cO Holy Night.\u201d My memory may be failing me, but this was the first time I can remember a mid-show standing ovation for this show! She was divine. And the Beef and Boards Orchestra looked and sounded perfectly festive \u2013 I love how the musicians get placed right on stage with the actors, so they can share in the spotlight they so deserve. \u00a0 A DOSE OF MAGIC I felt myself get a little star-struck when Santa Claus stepped into the show. He was adorably jolly, and even more so during intermission when the audience was invited to have photos taken with him. My daughters and I stopped to take an \u201celfie selfie\u201d (with the best-looking and funniest pair of elves ever \u2013 Sean Seager and Ian Black) on our way to meet the big guy. Right after getting our photos taken, Daisy had a horrifying realization. \u201cMom!! I forgot to tell him what I want for Christmas!!\u201d We went back. She sat back up on that jolly lap, and shyly told him \u201cI want a Fin Fun Mermaid Tail for Christmas.\u201d He was sweet and reassuring. Then I reminded her there was one more thing she wanted to say. \u201cI love you,\u201d she told him, then wrapped her little arms around him. Thanks, Beef and Boards, for a memorable, festive and love-filled evening! A Beef & Boards Christmas is on stage through December 23. Tickets range from $41-$66 and include a holiday buffet. For reservations call the box office at 317.872.9664. For the complete schedule visit beefandboards.com.