The Nutcracker & Festival of Trees

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today was a busy, but very fun, day 🙂

We headed out to meet up with some friends for lunch at Uno’s before going to see The Nutcracker!

Lunch was very good — deep dish pizza (plain cheese…so rich and delicious…with leftovers that we did NOT forget!).  We even splurged and got drinks.

It was so nice to sit and chat for a while with good friends.  We left with just enough time to scoot over to the Symphony Hall…there is just something about seeing all the little girls all dressed up that makes me smile 🙂

We were seated WAY UP in the balcony in these TEENY TINY seats that must have been made for people who were 5 ft tall and 100 lbs!!  Let’s just say, we were all pretty packed in 🙂

The show was good!  My favorite parts — the arrival of the party guests, Kissy Doll and Soldier Doll, the reindeer, the Chinese dancers, the Russian dancer, Mother Ginger.  My least favorite parts — the angels, the Sugarplum fairy, the Snow Queen.

Even though I love ballet dancing, some of the solo and duo dancing can get to be a bit long!  And let me tell you, after eating a nice meal, listening to classical music can lull you to sleep!

This was Kimm’s FIRST time EVER seeing the Nutcracker so she was a little lost at times — we had to explain what was going on a few times! — but she said she would definitely go again!!  So I’m thinking this may become a yearly tradition, which makes me VERY happy because there is something about seeing The Nutcracker that really signifies the Christmas season for me 🙂

After getting home, we headed right back out as our friends in Holyoke were hosting a viewing of their trees…yes, that’s right, they decorate with several trees…and they are gorgeous!  We were already a bit tired, but we got out the door and we were glad we went.

Here’s some pics of the trees…completely does not do them justice, SO BEAUTIFUL…


The “blue” tree…all blue, silver and white ornaments…


The “old-fashioned” tree…big bulbs, hand crafted ornaments…my favorite this year!


The “martini” tree…decorated with martini glasses 🙂


The Disney tree…they are huge Disney fans…


The pewter tree…beautiful pewter ornaments adorn this tiny tree!


The British tree…an England fetish!


And NO party is complete without a fake fire on the TV (have to protect all those trees!!)

We were lucky enough to grab a seat on the couch in front of my favorite tree, chatting with the sister of one of the hosts whom we’ve met before…it was a great time!

Of course there was not a lot to eat there for us so we ended the night with a big bowl of cheesy pasta!  Yumm!

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