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I have a special place in my heart for the Nutcracker story. Every Christmas for as far back as I can remember until I got pregnant with Wolfgang, my grandmother would take us to see the Nutcracker, as performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. (The older version, with the scenery by Maurice Sendak and choreography by Kent Stowell and Francisca Russell…I miss it)
We would read the Nutcracker story every night for two weeks leading up to the performance. (That book is still one of my most prized possessions, and I read it to my kids every Christmas and they humor me.) The day of was a huge to-do; we got gifts (usually new Nutcrackers to add to the collection), and would dress up in seriously formal outfits and have lunch at Frederick & Nelson (also gone, RIP). We would wander the streets of downtown Seattle and marvel at the lights, and the beautiful star on what used to be the Bon Marché, and is now Macy’s.
Then we would see the ballet, with all the swirling colors and the peacock (my favorite) and a dancing tiger and a storyline and choreography so consistent, we could tell when someone took a misstep. I even auditioned for the company when I was in ballet with the PNB ballet school! (Alas, I was always too tall for the costumes.)
When my grandmother passed away 15 years ago, the tradition kind of ended with her. Breaks my heart.
The Nutcracker is my jam, so when I saw the new posters for the movie coming out this winter, I got SO EXCITED.
I mean MISTY COPELAND. Seriously.
And Morgan Freeman in the Herr Drosselmeier role? YES PLEASE.
So let’s get hyped for this movie release, shall we?
We will need snacks and maybe some decorations for the house, right? Oh and costumes!
Let’s get a list together of Nutcracker items that will get us ready to go for this amazing movie!
- Decorate your home with this quick and easy felt banner! (Would look really cute over my fireplace!)
- Revamp a thrift store Nutcracker with this quick and easy tutorial.
- Or make a metallic version with this tutorial!
- Have kids who like sensory play? Try this Nutcracker-themed bin.
- Little girls (and maybe big girls too) will love these Snowflake Fairy Wands.
- Clothespins and tulle and paint can give you these adorable little Nutcracker ornaments. Make a whole tree-full!
- Snack time? Bust out your piping bag and bake these absolutely adorable Nutcracker cookies!
- My friend Patty has a couple of great Nutcracker cookies over on her blog!
- Chocolate mice (and the Mouse King!) would be a fabulous addition to any cookie table.
- These chocolate-dipped Snowflake Pretzels would probably be a good thing to smuggle into the movie… (*cough*)
- These adorable (and easy!) Nutcracker Halloween costumes can carry over those few days between Halloween and the movie release!
- I do love Bailey’s, and this Nutcracker cocktail will hit the spot when the nights start getting colder!
- The Sugar Plum Fairy will be delighted when you know how to make REAL sugar plums like these.
So all in all, you should be covered from now until November 4th when the movie comes out!
Oh and don’t forget to watch the latest trailer. You’ll love it.