I remember my first Nutcracker—the magical atmosphere that transformed the stage into a winter wonderland. I still have the snow globe my mom bought. The Nutcracker is a timeless fairytale filled with holiday spirit and joy. I wanted to share that magic with my Little Sister. I decided I would keep it a surprise until the day of the performance—her mom shared with me that she loves surprises!

Tickets in hand and an extra surprise (thank you Shelby) for after the show, we headed out.


I wish I could share the video of her opening the envelope. Her face lit up when she realized what we were doing.

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As an extra surprise, my wonderful friend (and Boston Ballet dancer) Shelby brought us backstage after the performance. The dedication and hard work that goes into each performance is inspiring.



How amazing are the costumes? The new costumes debuted in 2012 and seeing them close-up was phenomenal!


As if the night couldn’t get more magical, Shelby surprised my Little with her pointe shoes from the performance. I have to admit that I had a few tears when she handed them over.

May you all find the magic of the holidays.