The Nutcracker was originally written in 1813 by E T A Hoffmann and has inspired artists, writers, composers for over 200 years. It is a captivating Christmas classic that is returned to again and again and it’s not difficult to see why…
Telling the story of Marie, (sometimes appearing as Clara in ballet and film adaptations) and her family’s nutcracker, this book takes readers on a magical journey that has become a timeless expression of Christmas. The story begins on Christmas Eve in Germany, where Marie and her siblings are receiving their Christmas gifts. Marie notices the family’s nutcracker and admires the craftsmanship that has made him so beautiful. She is then appointed as caretaker of the nutcracker and tends to him when he gets broken.
That night, as Marie settles down to sleep, the nutcracker and her dolls begin to come to life as her room fills with mice and the frightening seven headed Mouse King and a battle soon ensues. After a time The Nutcracker defeats the Mouse King and he takes Marie to the Kingdom of Dolls, where she discovers wondrous festive delights.
Some of our favourite festive characters are featured here including the Sugar Plum Fairy and this story is a timeless example of good triumphing over evil, something which always serves to lift the spirit. Also captured here is the sense of wonder that children of all ages feel around Christmas – there is magic and there is opportunity to suspend all disbelief and lose oneself in the notion that toys really can come to life and take us on incredible adventures and this truly is the evocation of the Christmas Spirit.
A great ‘read-aloud’ book to be shared with all generations, The Nutcracker will certainly put you in the mood for Christmas. We say grab a bag of chestnuts and get cracking on this Christmas cracker of a book!
Watch a Christmas classic in a Christmas classic! Macaulay Culkin stars in the 1994 adaptation:
Disney have put their stamp on the Nutcracker for a new film in 2018, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Check out the trailer :