When Sierra was 3 we took her to her first production of the Boston Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’. This was the night that started one of our family's favorite holiday traditions. We went this year for the third year in a row and it gets better each time. Sierra started taking ballet this past summer and is enamored with positions, leaping, and tutus so it was extra special for her this year compared to the last two. A combination of that and her age made it much easier for her to pay attention, really soak it in and it was really magical.
(Here is the blog post from our first year going to The Nutcracker)
We have a lot of holiday traditions; picking the christmas tree, visiting family, special dinners, opening gifts together on christmas morning, etc but there is just something really amazing about just the 3 of us getting all dolled up and heading downtown for the ballet. Watching Sierra get so excited, pick her dress, pack a little basket of ballerina dolls, and jumping up and down is so memorable.
The performance itself is unbelievable; from the sets by Robert Perdziola, to the music by the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and of course most importantly the dancers - it's all top notch and really an amazing sight to see.
One of my favorite things about 'The Nutcracker', as a parent of a small child, is that it's the perfect mix of ballet and theater to keep adults enthralled but enough playfulness to make it a delight for children: most notably the dancing bear, rat king and of course 'Mother Ginger' - Sierra's favorite by far.
Today is this year's production’s last performances and if you’re close to Boston I really suggest you snag some last minute tickets and head out tonight! It’s well worth the time and money, I assure you. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.bostonballet.org/nutcracker and the performance is at 1:00 and 7:30 PM, with a special New Year’s Eve show full of surprises!