As a society, we long for things that are fresh and shiny. We don’t have much use for the things we’ve already seen or experienced. Out with the old, in with the new — unless, of course, we’re talking about a tradition. When the month of December hits, it’s like we’re sucked into a time warp where black and white movies are cool and hand-drawn animation is boss. We have no problem watching the same shows we’ve seen dozens of times or listening to music that’s sung by people named Bing and Burl. That’s because those things are straight-up timeless and they appeal to our love of nostalgia in the most base way — bringing up and creating precious childhood and family memories each time we take them in. The Nutcracker is one of the longest-standing of these traditions. First staged in the 1890s, it is the most classic of Christmas tales. The thrilling Tchaikovsky compositions, the dreamy story of Clara and the Prince — it’s a beautiful way to experience the joys of Christmas with your family. The Texas Ballet Theater takes on this holiday tradition with a stunning production at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $140. Visit attpac.org.
Dec. 6-8, 2013