I like going to The Nutcracker at Christmas time, not particularly because I love The Nutcracker, but just for the whole experience. Everyone gets a little dressed up. You tuck the special tickets into your fancy purse, and the nip in air makes your heels click quickly as you rush from the car to the theater. And then the house lights go down--the music, the beautiful costumes, the snow scenes--and when it's over you bundle everyone back up for a nice dinner after.
It's so Christmas-y and lovely and celebratory and fun.
But, like I said, The Nutcracker itself? Meh, it's a little long, especially for littles. So this year we decided to do Rudolph the MUSICAL (all caps are totally mine!) instead.
Back in October when I ordered the tickets, I got the notion that the Kid would just think it would be rockstar awesome to sit in one of the side balconies, so I got tickets accordingly.
I forgot that I do not think it is rockstar awesome to sit in the side balcony. In fact, it basically terrifies me, particularly when I'm sitting with one of my wiggle-and-dangle-and-bounce-everywhere offspring.
Through sheer force of will--and quite a few straight-up "butt in chair NOW" commands to the Kid--I got through it.
And the play was really sweet. It was basically the classic Rankin/Bass Rudolph, but with a few surprises. And puppets. GIANT PUPPETS. (The fifteen foot tall Abominable Snowman was a particular favorite of all of ours.)
More than that, even, it was nice to have a night out with just the Kid. The play was late enough that I knew Little Miss wouldn't make it, so we left her home with a sitter. Like many older sibs, the Kid gets put on hold a lot when Baby Sister's needs are more exigent. It made me happy to do this as a treat for him.
And then we all bundled up and let him pick the place for a nice dinner after.
The whole thing made me feel like there are probably a lot of Christmas-y theater experiences I've been missing. If Christmas-y theater is your thing, tell me, what non-Nutcracker shows does your family enjoy for the holidays?