Whether or not you grew up in a big city like I did, or in a small town, it is likely that you have seen, heard or been a part of some iteration of The Nutcracker.
To me, The Nutcracker marks that Christmas is right around the corner- it means things are merry and bright.
Over the years, I have danced with my mother in the aisle ways, sipped hot coco at intermission with friends and even squirmed in my seat when one of the dancers has a particularly nasty slip-up.
This year, just as I did when growing up in San Francisco, I visited the War Memorial Opera House for one of the most beautiful portrayals of The Nutcracker the world has to offer (in my opinion). With a 5-year-old seated on my lap, this performance was one of the loveliest, since I could experience the wonder and beauty again through an entire different lens.
So, with the Holidays upon us and Christmas less than a week away (!!!), take some time to think about your favorite Holiday traditions, and the people who make them all the more special.