It's not an exaggeration to say that ballet was my life in my earlier years. While my friends were pledging in brown or green uniforms in Girl Scouts, I was wearing leotards, tights, and leg warmers cavorting around a downtown dance studio in all my glory. On my eighth Christmas, my mom, dad, and I took a trip to Manhattan to see the New York City Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. This was so special to me, particularly that year, because I was dancing the lead as Clara, back home and could totally relate to the dancers on stage. Once the lights dimmed and the orchestra started, I was glued to the stage with a small smile on my face, crinkling the program in my hands for the next three hours. I will never forget how I felt in that moment, and these photos taken by Rachel Papo just brought back the awesome feelings that I experienced that night.
The above photos have resulted in collecting photos and ideas (courtesy of Country Living and Better Homes and Gardens) for a pink Christmas. With that said, let's go nuts.
What are some of your favorite holiday moments, lovelies?