Today marks just one week until Christmas Day and I can't express just how much I'm enjoying this festive season! Although we're all busy counting down the days until the 'big day', the build up proves to be just as exciting with all of the treats and traditions that take place this month! In my case, along with many longstanding traditions, an old one was revisited this year by viewing The Nutcracker Ballet with my parents. We selected the Birmingham Hippodrome as our venue of choice and it certainly didn't disappoint! With an appealing contemporary glass exterior and modern lobby, walking into the contrasting auditorium made for an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise, because after all, if you've booked tickets to experience arguably the most festive ballet around, you're hoping to enjoy it in flamboyant elegance.
The ballet from beginning to end was utterly incredible and at times very moving. Speaking as someone who knows very little about ballet, it would be difficult to discuss the technicalities, however I can appreciate how difficult the moves unravelling before the audience with constant finesse and grace actually were. The interval saw a roaring sound of applause and whilst standing in the queue for drinks and snacks (or in my case, ice cream) constant words of praise for the ballet could be heard from each passing person. Through running a blog focussing on the 'bright and beautiful', it shouldn't come as a surprise that most of my attention went to the costumes and set design, both of which will stay with me forever. The opening party scene was magnificent to the point of inducing admiring 'aahs' from the audience, myself included. However the stealing moment was delivered as the clock struck midnight and following previous events, Clara begins to shrink as the intricate Christmas tree grows higher above her - the set design at this point was truly astounding and could alone warrant booking tickets to see The Nutcracker Ballet! Another magical moment came in the second half when an incredible scene of delicate dancing took place surrounded by a triumphant set design of Roman columns stretching back as far as the eye could see. The intricate costumes worn by the dancers made you desperately wish you could either dance yourself, or possess the talent to have designed such enchanting outfits! The time and effort put into the theatrical outcome must have been extraordinary, but in my opinion it will have been worth it, for the ballet was seamless.
As shown on my Instagram, my hotel room had the usual comfortable and luxurious layout seen throughout the international hotel group, however a surprise was delivered on this occasion in the form of a view. There is just something about twinkling city lights and place a sheer curtain in front of those lights and you've got yourself one hell of a photo opportunity..
|Prija Toiletries - aka best smelling lotions ever|
This is an example of a tradition that should never have ended and so I'm ecstatic that it's back in play. Speaking of which, I've had an afternoon of yulelogging, which is - you guessed it - another festive tradition! I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas so far, full of treats and traditions!