The Mission was full of Christmas cheer last night, December 19th, during our annual Resident Christmas Party! The event was a huge treat for folks as they had the pleasure of listening to beautiful music, watching performances and, of course, snacking on special Christmas treats.
Our headliner this year was JT Hodges. JT had the lead role in the new Christmas movie, Finding Christmas, on the Hallmark Network as seen below. He flew in special from Nashville the day of the party so he could attend! It’s not everyday that we get celebrities at the Mission and it was quite a joy for the residents! JT graced us with his wonderful voice and sang some Christmas classics.
In addition to JT, we had a variety of other beautiful singers perform and even had a professional clown interact with the children, which was a hit as well! All in all, the evening was just magical! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the Christmas season!
Christmas Concert Program:
- Joy To The World … JT Hodges (arrangement from his Hallmark Movie “Finding Christmas)
- Santa Claus is Back in Town … JT Hodges
- Little Drummer Boy … JT Hodges
- There lives a Child … JT Hodges
Grainger Esch: Invites ALL children to the front … Where some will be sitting on stools … Grainger interacts with them playfully as he chooses … Telling them about his home made ukuleles which will accompany him as he sings … His presentation will be a mixture of singing, joking, clownness, and “fun stuff”!
- All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth … (In clown makeup … Grainger blacks out his two front teeth as he sings. He will improvise as only he can …. When he gets to the last line “Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you a Merry Christmas” … the blacked out teeth suddenly disappear and magically return to normal … then he says or sings or improvises a funny “Merry Christmas!)
- Hawaiian Song
- Presentation of “Gifts for the children” …. This will have pace but will be improvisatory from Grainger.
- The Prince of Peace is Here … Robin Davis
- O Holy Night … Todd Jeffery
- Mary Did You Know? Marsha and Meghan Hodges, lead vocals
- Go Tell It On The Mountain … Jackson Yandell & OMC Singers: Todd Jeffery, Annie Yandell, Robin Davis, Marsha Hodges, Meghan Hodges, JT Hodges & Grainger Esch!
Artists & Audience Sing:
- Away in a Manger
- Joy To The World … Audience sings with JT hodges
- Silent Night … (JT sings 1st verse acappella; 2nd verse with acoustic & Keys; 3rd verse with OMC, Acoustic, Keys &Audience)
Concert Vocalists: JT HODGES, Grainger Esch, Robin Davis, Meghan Hodges, Marsha Hodges, Todd Jeffery, Jackson Yandell & Annie Yandell