Visions of Sugar Plums.
Christmas Eve is a time of anticipation, excitement and magic, as children drift into dreams, hoping that come morning their stockings will be full of everything on their wish list.
This sentiment is immortalized in Clement Moore's poem, "The Night Before Christmas" when he writes, "the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads."
It also echoes the story of "The Nutcracker," a family favourite, which tells of the adventure of a young girl who finds herself in a magical world that culminates in the Kingdom of Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The ballet is based upon a book, "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King," written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann.
A sparkling performance of The Nutcracker is performed by the Royal Ballet and other wonderful ballet companies around the world especially at this time of year.
Closer to home, this is my little sugar plum fairy atop my little white Christmas tree.
Those of you who are grandparents or those who simply love little ones, will forgive me for sharing a picture of my real live little Sugar plum fairy.
Jenna Lynn just had her first birthday and this is her holding her birthday present, her first dollie.
Thank you for joining me today for another letter of Christmas A-Z. Please come back tomorrow for the letter W.
Keeping Christmas in my heart all year long~ Sandi