On a gray, rainy November day in Indiana, it\u2019s not always easy to feel the holiday spirit. We gave it a good kick start this weekend, though, by immersing ourselves in music, theatre, a great turkey and roast beef dinner, and the beloved holiday story of Ralphie Parker. It was a fun, relaxing date night \u2013 much needed after a wildly busy fall of home renovations, moving, getting married and coordinating a big work event at Riley! Eddie Curry is perfect as the narrator for the story, which closely follows the classic scenes from the movie. It was fun to listen for Indiana references, as the story takes place in the fictional town of Hohman, Ind., in the 1940s. The songs for this Tony-nominated musical (written by acclaimed duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the team behind \u201cDear Evan Hansen\u201d) help paint the picture of Ralphie\u2019s world, and his quest to receive the Christmas gift of his dreams: A Red Ryder BB gun. I hear the show is close to sold out, so I\u2019d recommend checking ASAP if you\u2019d like to spend your holiday with Ralphie and company! Here are the three of my favorite things about A Christmas Story at Beef & Boards: KID POWER I loved seeing so many talented kids making up the majority of the ensemble for the show. I found myself cheering for all ten of them and smiling at the energy they brought to the production. The role of Ralphie is played by Ben Kistner, a seventh-grader at Zionsville West Middle School. Wow. His strong, clear voice sounded great, even in the challenging musical moments that stretched to the high end of his range, and his acting was convincing. Fender Brokamp was also adorable as Ralphie\u2019s little brother, Randy. He got some big laughs with his enormous snowsuit and pig-inspired eating habits. LEG LAMP KICK LINE The \u201cmajor award\u201d that Ralphie\u2019s \u201cOld Man\u201d (beautifully played by Don Farrell) wins is definitely a scene-stealer. The fishnet-clad plastic leg lamp has become the movie\u2019s most iconic symbol, and the stage version of the show takes full advantage of the campy prop in a dance number. When the whole stage filled up with dancers creating a fishnet leg lamp kick line, I couldn\u2019t help but crack up. I also decided I really want to buy some fishnet stockings. TAPPING TEACHER One of the most surprising and delightful moments was when Ralphie\u2019s teacher, Miss Shields (played by Lanene Charters) led an enormous tap number, \u201cYou\u2019ll Shoot Your Eye Out.\u201d She did a great job not only with the tapping, but also with her strong vocals and larger-than-life character. The kids also looked great with all their little toes tapping together. Ralphie\u2019s vivid imagination lends itself well to colorful fantasy sequences like this song and \u201cRalphie to the Rescue!\u201d To the cast and crew, I pass along my thanks for a fun night out, and wish you a happy holiday season! \u201cA Christmas Story: The Musical\u201d is on stage through Dec. 31. Tickets range from $45 to $70 and include a full holiday buffet. For reservations, visit beefandboards.com Trisha Lawless is Manager of Communications for Riley Children\u2019s Foundation in Indianapolis and a freelance writer for Midwest Parenting Publication. Trisha joined Riley in 2011 after working for 15 years as a television news journalist.Trisha and her husband Ben live in Indianapolis and have six children in their blended family. Trisha's memoir, \u201cKnow When to Run: Lessons from the Diary of a Gen X Mom,\u201d documents her final year in the television business and her decision to make the leap into a more balanced life.