Have you ever seen the Nutcracker? Not on Television, not listening to the music on the Radio, Youtube or Pandora. Have you ever SEEN the Nutcracker? Really experienced it in your local town or city? If you have, you’ll know what I am talking about, if you haven’t, you’ve not lived until you’ve seen the dance.
The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballet performances. I danced for ten years and it was my dream to be on stage and play The Sugarplum Fairy or the Arabian Queen. I never got to fulfill that dream of being in the Nutcracker, but that hasn’t stopped me from seeing the ballet performance in my town every year. It’s a tradition. It’s Christmas. 🙂
Every year I go with my sister, my mom and one of our ballet families. Both our families kids had the same ballet teacher growing up, Ms. Barbara. Ms. Barbara was an amazing ballet teacher and I actually loved dance a lot! I wish I had more time to go back to it really. But ever since ballet class we’ve been coming to the Nutcracker every year as a girl’s night out! 🙂
Our night starts with dinner at some restaurant. We tend to change it every year. At the restaurant we catch up and talk about all sorts of things from school and work to listening and telling stories about all the places we’ve traveled and are dreams of where we want to go and where we want to travel! We end up laughing until our sides hurt and tears are rolling down our cheeks! After dinner, we head to the Nutcracker where we find our seats (always the second row!) and wait for the magic to start. It’s our tradition every year and every year is more magical than the last!
The lights darken, the curtains open and you’re transported into a world of dance. The only sounds being the music. You get to watch the Christmas party with dancing and gift giving. You get to see the dream grow and grow. You witness the killing of the Mouse King; where the young girl saves the Nutcracker Prince! It’s like you’re really there, in the dream! As the play continues you get transported to different lands of snow, spring and The Sugarplum Fairy’s Kingdom.
You can’t help but wonder at the magic of it all! Christmas is not Christmas to my family if the Nutcracker is not involved!
What about you? Have you seen the Nutcracker? Do you have any traditions you do every year?