Sugar Plum Fairy: Fun Facts and Ideas This Holiday Season

For years The Nutcracker ballet and its timeless music had been associated with Christmas. “This is Christmas music,” my students told me after I played Tchaikovsky’s famous dances in one of my classes. Indeed, the holiday season’s excitement is unthinkable without the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy‘s music. But who is she? Why SugarContinue reading “Sugar Plum Fairy: Fun Facts and Ideas This Holiday Season”

The Nutcracker Ballet and Beyond

Most of American children know The Nutcracker as a ballet, while some are familiar with a movie thanks to Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. But how many heard of the original story by E. T. A. Hoffmann? Why not to start a child’s introduction to Nutcracker with the book? Or better yet, withContinue reading “The Nutcracker Ballet and Beyond”

Give Them an Experience as a Gift

We all heard advice to give experiences rather than stuff for holiday. During the holiday season, the tickets to The Nutcracker ballet might be an obvious gift choice. But if you think the ticket price is too steep or afraid your children are too young to sit through entire performance, you could create The NutcrackerContinue reading “Give Them an Experience as a Gift”