Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

by Lindsey Stirling

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The Nutcracker emerges at Christmas time to enchant millions worldwide. How many of you saw The Nutcracker as a child, or brought a child to the ballet to experience this enchanting performance?

“My second grade teacher took me to the ballet for the first time. It was at McCormick Place in Chicago, and I was mesmerized. There was so much color and the ballerinas were so beautiful, the toys so lively and the story a little bit scary, especially with the large rodents and toy soldiers.” — Pam Selthun

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is one of the most famous pieces of this holiday ballet. The dance was added to showcase the talents of the leading ballerina and refers to the “sugar plum” – a universal signifier of everything sweet and delectable and lovely. Sugar plums were mostly sugar and no plum – probably something like a modern-day Jordan Almonds of a sugar coating over a seed or nut.

Christmas brings us visions about the best of what might be. Listen and enjoy this rendition of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. What’s the sweetest thing, or person, in your life? Let them know what a gift they are to you during this holiday season.

Lindsey Stirling is an American violist, dancer, performance artist and composer. She performs a variety of music styles from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music.She was also one of the finalists on ABC’s most recent season of Dancing with the Stars.

Almighty God, the magic of Christmas encourages us to dream of the best. Lord Jesus, let us bring joy and laughter and good things to all the children of the earth. Amen.

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