The Nutcracker Suite

Nothing says “Christmas” to me like The Nutcracker. The music, the costumes, the enormous Christmas tree – the season comes alive for me the moment the orchestra plays the Petite Overture and the guests arrive for Clara and Fritz’s family’s annual Christmas party. From the Dance of the Snowflakes to the Waltz of the Flowers, the ballet’s magic permeates the theatre and ushers in the most wonderful time of the year.

I went to the Houston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker yesterday. My friends’ daughter, Claire, was a party child in the first scene. She was darling in her yellow dress and white petticoats – I am so glad she got to perform on stage with a world-class company.

This video of the Royal Ballet’s Waltz of the Flowers is gorgeous, but I must say I preferred yesterday’s performance!

This is a picture from Houston Ballet – the costumes were ethereal and captured the spirit of the waltz:

Waltz of the Flowers

Dancers: Aria Alekzander, Natalie Varnum, Artists of Houston Ballet. Ballet: The Nutcracker. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

What says “Christmas” to you? Is there something you just can’t live without during the holidays? Please share in the comments!


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