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The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
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One of five beloved Christmas classics Written in 1816 by one of the leaders of German Romanticism for his children, nephews, and nieces, The Nutcracker captures better than any other story a childs wonder at Christmas. The gift of a handsomely decorated nutcracker from a mysterious uncle sets the stage for a Christmas Eve like no other for the little girl Marie. That night, Maries extraordinary present comes to life, defends her from the taunting Mouse King, and whisks her off to the Kingdom of Dolls. The inspiration for the classic ballet, E. T. A. Hoffmanns irresistible tale of magic and childhood adventure continues to captivate readers of all ages. Today, many of the most enchanting symbols of Christmas, from nutcrackers to sugar plums to mistletoe, are still imbued with the power of this story. Penguin Christmas Classics Give the gift of literature this Christmas. Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year. Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann
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mdm139
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Trying for some last minute points for my team. Watched this magical movie with the boys based on a book. @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookworm54 #wintergames #teamnutcracker

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mdm139
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Watched another hallmark movie and based on a book. @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookworm54 #wintergames #teamnutcracker

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rather_be_reading
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And a continued article about how Home Alone was "violent" ?
#wintergames #thefilthyanimals @Clwojick @StayCurious

Linsy 😆 1mo
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rather_be_reading
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And it had this newspaper clipping from 1991 about the illustrator!!

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Skygoddess1
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Pickpick

After years of watching the animated movie, listening to the ballet soundtrack, learning to play the songs on the piano and seeing the ballet twice, I finally read the book that inspired such a legacy and Christmas classic. Reading this only enchanted my love for the story and I‘m sure this will become a holiday tradition. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #TBRRead #HolidayRead

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Sweetkokoro
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Nutcrackers are my absolute favorite thing about Christmas. I have always loved the tale of the Nutcracker, although I had only ever grown up having seen the ballet performances (I adore the ballet performance) and movies. The book is different from both of those versions but I still absolutely loved it. The Nutcracker will always hold a special place in my heart!
Holiday read 20pts participation 1pt =21 pts
#winterreads #elfies

Bookwormjillk Sorry duplicate comment that I can‘t delete for some reason 2mo
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Bookworm54
The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
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Hello #TeamNutcracker

Now that sign ups have ended, we have a group of 13 in total.

@LMJenkins has set us up a slack group so we can discuss things relating to #WinterGames without things getting lost in comments. Incase you missed it the link is in the comments below so please join us! ☺️

(The picture is from 4 years ago. I was very excited about the life size nutcracker!)

ElizaMarie I‘m confused what a “slack” group is? Also awesome pic! 2mo
Bookworm54 @ElizaMarie it‘s a little like the mighty network we use for PLC. You sign up with an email and password (there is an app or you can do it on a browser) and then it has topics etc and chat :) 2mo
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ElizaMarie Ooo okay. I‘ll open it today :) at work so I have poor service 2mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Yay! I just joined Slack for this- have no idea how it works just yet - please be patient with me! 2mo
mdm139 Ok got the app. I am a Hallmark Christmas movie fiend. And I have a little ones that love Christmas picture books. So I hope to earn us lots of points. 2mo
peaknit @mdm139 hallmark kindred spirit over here 🙋🏼‍♀️ I‘m loving them and checking off the premiere list! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I just downloaded the app but am in the same boat as @Sarahreadstoomuch so please be patient with me as well! 😊 2mo
SquidgetsRoom @OriginalCyn620 & @Sarahreadstoomuch I‘m also in the same boat lol. I‘ve never heard of Slack before either. I am signed up & all that...now what lol 😬🤣🧐📚🎶 2mo
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Becca95
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Look at this beautiful edition of The Nutcracker that I found in Waterstones yesterday 😍 I just couldn‘t resist! It‘s filled with stunning illustrations and I can‘t wait to sit down and read this 💖
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#thenutcracker

Reviewsbylola Absolutely beautiful! 11mo
Marni Gorgeous! I love the style!! 11mo
Becca95 @Reviewsbylola Lovely isn‘t it! Never seen it before so had to snap it up 😄 11mo
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Becca95 @Marni beautiful isn‘t it! And only (c8! Couldn‘t believe it! 11mo
JazzFeathers Wow!!!!! 11mo
CaitZ Beautiful 11mo
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MicrobeMom
The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
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I did not get a chance to post this yesterday. My daughter‘s dress rehearsal turned into a 4 hour practice! But here is my handsome #nutcracker @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 13mo
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cinann
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My dad's hobby was woodworking and one year he made nutcracker figures.

#nutcracker #seasonsreadings
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

MayJasper They are splendid indeed 13mo
cinann @MayJasper ❤❤ 13mo
BrittanyReads Beautiful work. My papa also made us a ton of Christmas figures! One of my favorite parts of Christmas was decorating with them all 13mo
tammysue Nice! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute!!! 13mo
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ashsbookmarks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
tammysue 💖😊 13mo
Dragon 💚🎄🐉 13mo
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AnneCecilie
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I just love the illustrations and the color palette in my edition

batsy Pretty! 14mo
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AnneCecilie
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The classic from 1816 about the nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story begins on Christmas Eve. I‘ll just leave it that since I don‘t want to spoil anything.

Now I‘m ready to see it on stage later this month.

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m rather embarrassed to say I‘ve not read this well known book. I‘ve watched the cartoon version though😆 14mo
ravenlee I‘m taking my daughter today! 14mo
AnneCecilie @erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t know that there was a cartoon of this. 14mo
AnneCecilie @ravenlee enjoy 😊 14mo
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AnneCecilie
The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
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My #December #tbr, a selection of what I hope will be some cozy reads, a advent calendar novel and the tagged book since I‘ll see it on stage later this month. #SeasonsReadings #WinterWonderland

TrishB A great little pile there 👍🏻 14mo
BookishGamer87 Nevermoor is amazing 😍 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!!! 📚📚 14mo
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hilded I‘m considering bying ‘Snøsøsteren‘ to get to it during December as it sounds really lovely. But of course impossible to get from the library, I‘m number 451 in the waiting line ??‍♀️ 14mo
AnneCecilie @BookishGamer87 Everyone seems to think so. I hope it lives up to all the hype 14mo
AnneCecilie @hilded I bought it, I didn‘t even thing about borrowing it from the library. Considering how fast it has been selling, I‘m not surprised by the waiting list. I started reading today, and hope I manage to stick to a chapter a day 14mo
JennyM @AnneCecilie @BookishGamer87 I second that...I loved Nevermoor books 1 & 2. Hope you enjoy 😊 14mo
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HotCocoaReads
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What a bizarre book. I can see where the ballet came from and it does have a dream-like quality, but it may have been just a little too out-there for me. I want a little more heart. Maybe that was lost in translation?!?

LondElle89 I read this exact copy during the Christmas Holiday and I agree with you 100%. It was sooo bizarre. I'm going to blame the translation of this book. I found that it didn't flow well and I felt no connection to any characters. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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My husband‘s nutcracker collection presided over our motley collection of stockings. We‘d get a set of matching ones except our family keeps changing size now that the kids are grown and bringing new people in. 😊🎄⛄️😾🎅🏻🌠

Rachel.Rencher Awh, that's so sweet! I think it's even better that they don't match. 😊 2y
jpmcwisemorgan My stepdads family has family stockings and they‘re all mismatched because people kept being added. I think it reflects the family and is awesome! 2y
Tadams4 It‘s a happy display of a wonderful family! 2y
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CarolynM Love it!❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Lcsmcat @Rachel.Rencher @jpmcwisemorgan @Tadams4 We do like everyone the kids have added. 😀❤️ 2y
batsy I love this! 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
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From 12-15-17: #decktheshelves Christmas Memories. My favorite was always The Nutcracker. I was a ballet dancer so I performed it as a child and as an adult and with my oldest daughter which was magical. 📖🎄⭐️#️⃣1️⃣5️⃣ @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

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KerriNTurner
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#readthis if you love the ballet. #seasonsreadings2017

PurpleyPumpkin This one is waiting for me on my tbr! Hope I can get to it this year. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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Watching a local production of The Nutcracker. This ornament the ballet was selling was only $5.00.

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Natasha.C.Barnes
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THINGS ARE STARTING TO COME TOGETHER! This is going to be the BEST party ever.

Bookzombie I love the tree! 2y
Drnkpnkprincess Love the tree!!!! Your puppets even looks excited! 😂 2y
Drnkpnkprincess Puppers**** 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes @Drnkpnkprincess I totally knew what you meant. 😆 2y
TheBookAddict Is that paper? I need to make one of those, since my cats decide to destroy our tree every year before Christmas. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @TheBookAddict Almost everything you're looking at is made of cardboard--it's a set for a Nutcracker party we're throwing. So that's an oversize tree that goes up through the ceiling, it just needs some more detail painting to be finished. (edited) 2y
KrystleTheBookSlayer I love that tree! Fantastic job! 2y
TheWordJar Amazing!! 2y
ju.ca.no Looks fantastic😍 2y
AmyG That tree is quite amazing. 2y
Liz_M I was going to recommend you consider a second career as an event planner, but I see you are already an interior designer putting your skills to use! 2y
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Bookworm54
The Nutcracker | E. T. A. Hoffmann
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#LitsyAroundTheWorld #SecretSanta #PostalBookGroup

Got most of my secret santa gifts ready for my book group secret santa ☺️

LeahBergen What cute wrap! 2y
Jinjer Where did u get that cute paper??? 2y
erzascarletbookgasm The wrap is soooo adorable! 2y
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Bookworm54 @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm @CoffeeBooksRepeat Thanks! ☺️ @Jinjer the wrapping paper is from Aldi. I thought it was so sweet! 2y
Gissy Nutcrackers! 😲So beautiful! You match will love that package!! 😍 2y
Varshitha The packaging is so cute!!! ❤️ 2y
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