22. Favourite festive scene.....The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffman
This book just made to-read list! Ballet was a huge part of my life as a child and I remember the first time I saw The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. There is something about the opulence of the show that just captures Christmas not just as it is can be; with lovely decorations, time with friends and family, getting dressed up but how it can exist in your mind. All the luxurious foods are there in dreamy colours and exotic flavours and the feeling of it being a party is overwhelming.
I really want to read this book now to see how it was transformed from the page to such an iconic ballet.