This weekend, I am hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends who is having her first baby girl. While planning, she asked that her guests bring her a book that she may read to her daughter, rather than a card. This tradition has become very popular here in the United States; what a wonderful way to introduce stories to your baby.
Christmas is right around the corner, and one of my favourite stories to read, or watch, is The Nutcracker. The story originated in Germany in 1816 by E.T.A Hoffmann and was later transformed into a ballet in 1892 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovshy, Marius Petipa, and Lev Ivanov. It tells the story of Clara a young girl who on Christmas Eve receives a Toy soldier Nutcracker from her uncle Drosselys. Later that night, her nutcracker defeats the evil mouse king and his mice army and she is rushed away to a magical land there many dolls perform for her including The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.