James sent Santa his wish list, and on it was a “real nutcracker.” He added this after watching the Nutcracker movie. It was the only one available on Netflix, and ironically it was a version produced by the Pacific Northwest Ballet shortly after Maurice Sendak worked with them on that production. I let slip James’ wish to Gerda, our German neighbor and James’ number one fan, and she was on a mission to find him a nutcracker that was actually crafted in Germany. She could only find one made in China, but obviously the land of production hardly mattered to the recipient.
This picture was taken by our neighbor, Sue, on her iPhone at a party we threw for neighbors today. I edited in AfterFocus.