Brighten up your Christmas holidays; take your child to see The Nutcracker!
There are quite a few things to like about Christmas. For instance, there is the Christmas tree, chance of snow, lights, vacation time, ugly sweaters, presents, parties, crazy relatives, even crazier newly single friends and the list goes on. This may be all well and good for adults, but what about the kids.
How about a family outing your kids would absolutely love this holiday season?
Why moms should take their kids to see The Nutcracker?
Something for Everyone – A story that has fairies, toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, dramatic moments and a magical world has something for everyone.
For girls it has exquisite costumes and the graceful ballerinas. If your child is interested in dancing, then all the more reason to see it.
For boys there is action and adventure with sword fighting and the battle with the Mouse King.
It puts everyone in the festive mood and is an ideal way to welcome Christmas with family.
What your child can learn from The Nutcracker
Introduce your kids to the joys of theater – Watching a live performance on stage is a memorable experience. It is a good way to get children excited about theater and the joy it brings. Watching a live performance can also stir up an interest in arts. Maybe the ballet can motivate your kid to perform in one of the school productions.
Kids learn to be creative – Live shows with interesting storylines cultivate creative thinking skills in kids. The visual effects stimulate their imagination, children learn to think on their feet and outside of the box. It gives them the ability to approach tasks from a new and different perspective. This can give them the confidence to create and be creative.
Kids learn to appreciate the art of ballet – Children learn to appreciate the art of dramatic story telling with body movements, face expressions and music.
Introduces kids to dark elements in a subtle manner – Some elements may scare the younger ones but then fairytales do have dark twists. The best thing about fairytales is that they introduce the dark themes in an age-appropriate and innocent way where the message is
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman
Kids learn through fantasy – In The Nutcracker, the evil Mouse King and his troops are defeated. Throughout the story, your child learns that heroes face challenges at every step but they never give up. Though on the surface this may seem simple enough, but the powerful underlying message is of perseverance.
Identify with the spirit of the Christmas Eve – The ballet captures the spirit of Christmas. It shows the tradition of children anxiously waiting for their Christmas gifts. It makes them understand the significance of the tradition and the importance of sharing.