Sunday, November 9, 2014

Holiday Workbench


What defines the Holiday season for your and your family?

Opening the Advent calendar each day?

Baking cookies to swap?

Lighting the Menorah?

Drinking eggnog?

Making candles for the Winter Solstice?

Making tree ornaments and trimming the tree?

Shopping?

Midnight church services on Dec 24?



For many it is attending a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.


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Wikipedia states: 

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.
Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.


As I thought about this upcoming holiday season I wanted to make a Christmas fairy and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies came to mind. 

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I have seen several productions of the Nutcracker, both professional and student and it is wonderful. The music and dancing lift one up above the crass commercialism that can mar the Holiday Season.

So I set to making a pair of Nutcracker fairies in cranberry and green,  I think I will make them traditional red and green as well.












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