And yes I was the one who wrote my to-do list. Like an hour ago. I should add “writing lessons” to my list (but I may not be able to decipher it). And maybe I should eat some crackers because I’m starving and I obviously want them.
For the past three years we’ve taken our children to see The Nutcracker and then they each get to pick out a nutcracker from the gift shop to remember their day. We then we make them put their over-priced crackers on a high shelf and threaten them not to play with them or they’ll break. Yay.
This year I’ve decided to embrace the concept Experiences > Things. So instead of random Hanukkah gifts that they’ll only play with for a few hours, we’re taking them to The Nutcracker, buying the excessively expensive nutcrackers that they’ll get in trouble for playing with and then spending the night in a hotel for the perfect staycation.
Mother of the year, right?? Yes? Now where can I find me some crackers?
The Fox Theatre in Atlanta was AMAZING enough to send tickets for my family to attend this year’s Nutcracker show. It’s actually become a tradition for us, being our third year attending with the kids. At first we were nervous if it would hold their attention but they LOVE it again and again every year. And they also love getting to pick out a different nutcracker to add to their collection after the show.
Here are my highlights in no particular order:
The lambs shaking their booties. I love a good lamb booty.
My daughter asking me over and over when the lady in the big dress with kids hiding in it was coming on stage (I love that she remembered this scene from last year).
The snow falling on our heads at the end of Act I.
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Did you know?
Atlanta Ballet premiered George Balanchine’s Nutcracker – second act only – in April of 1959, not December, making it one of the first companies in the U.S. to perform what would soon become a holiday classic.
More than 8 tons of scenery, lighting, and props are used in each Nutcracker production
300,000 watts of electricity are used during each performance of Nutcracker, more than enough to light a stadium