As the second step on my way to Christmas, I went to the Boston Ballet Yesterday Evening to see the Nutcracker. And I need to say that the preview of it was far below the magic of the actual performance!
It was so wonderful, the dancer and the decors perfectly transported us into the dream. I understand why it’s Boston number one holiday tradition. I felt like a 6 years old girl on Christmas night, fascinated by the troupe. Several children from the Boston Ballet’s school participated to the show, and it was definitely cute and incredibely managed. The performance was both timely with several funny notes that amazed the kids in the audience (including me) and timeless with the grown up dances.
My favorite part was the Waltz of the Snowflakes which was literally magic. I am a little bit sad not to have snow yet in Boston, even if I know that January is going to be. I just wished I had a white Christmas. The snowflake dance was enchanting, like a dream and the snow falling on the dancer, spinning like a music box.
Posted by Claire on December 17, 2011
Living in a new country is really exciting and enriching, especially on the cultural and traditional side. Yesterday I discovered several Christmas traditions from diverse American countries.
Lizzie (with whom I spend the Best First Thanksgiving Ever) held a party at her place for all the students in our program. All dressed with ugly sweaters or whatever was close to ugly sweaters, we started backing gingerbread cookies and decorating them as real chefs!
Then Milena introduced a Columbian tradition called “Hide Baby Jesus” as the name of the game let you assume, she hid a figurine of Baby Jesus in the Living room with a little gift and we all had to find it. It is supposed to be a game for kids but I was happy to discover it and we had so much fun looking under every piece of furniture!
Following the game we started the present exchange, not with a Secret Santa as I am used to do in France but with a Yankee Swap! This is totally crazy, stole gift from each other was very fun I got a nice car-shaped hand-made frame with the pictures of my 4 teachers. I am not sure I with put it in my bedside table but it’s really fun.
Posted by Claire on December 16, 2011