Well, if Third Day weren't ready for Christmas, we are now! First, there's the weather. In Atlanta today it was 70º. Fargo, where we played tonight, got up to a sunny 1º. Not only that, but there was a bunch of snow on the ground. If that's not Christmasy enough, there was the show tonight. We shared the stage with Michael W. Smith, who is right in the middle of his Christmas tour. And he pulled out all the stops. If you aren't in the Christmas mood after a show like tonight, your last name must be Scrooge.
We began the day with a full slate of travel. We flew from Atlanta to Minneapolis, where we ran into Michael. We've done several tours together, but haven't seen each other in awhile. It's like family though - you just pick up where you left off. Then we traveled on to Fargo.
Upon arriving at the venue, we did a soundcheck. It's amazing how a few days off will take a toll. Running over a couple of songs was a good idea. Also, we worked on some Christmas tunes to add to the set. Then it was time for a short meet and greet, and then showtime was upon us.
We performed mostly Third Day songs, but we did work in "O Come All Ye Faithful" from the Christmas Offerings record. We also performed "Born in Bethlehem" which was also fun. The crowd was great - a lot of families came out for the Christmas show, and they seemed to have a really good time. And they sang a lot, which always helps :)
After our show we had great seats for the Smitty Christmas set (well, if by "great seats" you mean the bench in a hockey penalty box). He had a string section and background singers. Michael also featured a guest appearance by Angie Miller from American Idol. She knocked it out of the park on a new song called "This Christmas Song". Michael even sang a brand-new, unreleased song. And I think it will stand tall with anything else he's ever done.
So it was a great night, and a fun way to kick off this weekend. Now time for me to find some warmth. I hear it's -8º in Sioux Falls where we're going tomorrow!