Kansas City Connection: Get into the Christmas spirit with Dickens’ spirits

As an anglo Midwesterner who was loosely raised in the Methodist church, I don’t usually have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit (even if these days, my reason for the season is simply an excuse to put Baileys in my coffee).

But this year, I just haven’t gotten there. I got married two days after Thanksgiving, and we leave for our honeymoon on Christmas Day. I haven’t even unfolded my fake turquoise-and-silver Urban Outfitters tree, and the only reason there are lights on my house is because I didn’t take them down last year. The least I could do was plug them in. So, I literally did the least I could do.

If I really wanted to get in the Christmas spirit, I know exactly how I’d do it: I’d spend a whole afternoon spending too much money on the Country Club Plaza, and then I’d visit the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future at the Kansas City Repertory Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Spencer Theatre at the UMKC Performing Arts Center (4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.).

An almost-annual tradition at The Rep, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Kyle Hatley, perfectly blends social commentary and holiday cheer. The set design and costumes are pretty cool, too.

The Rep’s production of “A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 26 (with no performance on Christmas Day). For tickets and more information, call 816-235-2700 or go to www.kcrep.org.

Good stuff at the Bad Seed Friday

On Friday nights from May through February, you can find usually everything from free-range meats and eggs and heirloom produce to artisan cheeses, rustic baked breads, raw honey, local nuts, freshly milled flour, micro-roasted coffee, jams, jellies and more at Badseed Farmers’ Market (1909 McGee Street, Kansas City, Mo.).

Friday night, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., this funky, boutique-style farmers’ market in an old storefront is hosting a special Holiday Market. “We will have live music, a fabulous farm basket raffle, and complimentary organic Irish Coffee with whipped local cream,” says Bad Seed’s Brooke Salvaggio. Get more information at www.badseedkc.com.

A ‘Die Hard’ weekend before Christmas

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I learned recently that there’s a whole legion of fans who consider “Die Hard,” the 1988 action movie starring Bruce Willis, a Christmas classic.

If you are among them, you can catch it on the big screen at the recently revamped Screenland Crossroads (1656 Washington, Kansas City, Mo.): Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. And 4:30 p.m. screenings have been added on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $9 each and can be purchased at screenland.com.

Yippee ki yay.

Sunday Festivus for the rest of us

I highlighted this Festivus celebration in my holiday round-up a while ago, but it sounds too fun to miss, so I wanted to remind you.

Festivus is a secular holiday, celebrated two days before Christmas every year. It was conceived by writer Dan O’Keefe in the 1960s and was made famous-ish after being the plot for an episode of “Seinfeld” in 1997.

So, if you aren’t into the religious or materialistic aspects of Christmas or Hanukkah, or you just really love “Seinfeld,” head to Snow & Co. (1815 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.) for a Fesitvus party Sunday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

In addition to Festivus food and drink specials, Snow & Co. will have all of the classic elements of this secular celebration — including the aluminum pole — as well as a few modern twists.

Grievances will be aired via Twitter with the hashtag #airingofgrievancesKC, and donations to The Human Fund will actually go to the local nonprofit Social Heart, a group of young professionals who work to support area charities. Call 816-214-8921 for more information.

— By day, Kansas City native Emily Farris is a cookbook publicist. The rest of the time, she can be found eating food or writing about it. Find her recent ramblings at feedmekc.com.

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