The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffman

Another classic, which by the way, my daughter is dying to see the new movie rendition. I always loved the live ballet performance shown on the television. I always enjoyed watching it on Christmas Eve at my grandparents house every year growing up.

The story alone is breathtaking. It is full of life, adventure, drama, action, and so much more, and this story. When you know the story, and see it come to life in the ballet, with the costumes, the music, the dance, all put together, it is just amazing. And the new movie rendition looks like it can take us to a whole different realm of this story.

What is your favorite version of this story?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

Ok, now I know you had to have read this story when you were a child. An adorable Grinch (yes I said that), who does not want anything to do with Whoville. And of course, a curious child who becomes obsessed with the Grinch, wants to be friends with them, and does not want to believe that someone can be so mean.

I mean, seriously. Even you have to admit, that the Grinch, is freaking adorable. I am a fan of the classic cartoon, and of course, the Jim Carrey version (I have both hehehe).

I used to have the story, but of course, I lose it through the many moves. Every year, I want to grab a copy of this beloved story, but I always forget. I haven’t even unpacked my favorite Christmas movie yet, just to have the tradition of at least watching one of the renditions of this story. I just love it.

Dr. Suess is a genius, and I have always loved the way his stories were written. You can be 100 years old, and you will still feel like a kid again just reading the story again.