Those vaguely familiar with the story of The Nutcracker may be surprised to learn that it is not actually a dance performed by the Nutcracker as he leads the toy soldiers to victory over the Mouse King.
Whether it's for traditional Sunday best or going to a performance of The Nutcracker ballet or something similar, there is something timeless about special occasion coats for girls.
The founder of the New York City Ballet and grandfather of the now famed holiday production of The Nutcracker, Balanchine was the first classical choreographer to enlist modern dancers into his company.
It's not uncommon to see huge numbers of little girls attending the Nutcracker dressed in the Victorian party dress of the heroine Mary, or a fairy costume to represent the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Balanchine, who is the father of American ballet, and most known for his choreography of the Nutcracker, worked in France for a period after leaving Russia, and before coming to the US.
The Radio City Rockettes have long been a main attraction in New York City, and the Christmas show is as central to the holiday season as seeing the Nutcracker Ballet.
Adults are also crucial for performances of The Nutcracker ballet, but of course in this instance, costumes are either bought or made by the dance company.
Every little girl enjoys mingling the ethereal fairy wings with the delicacy of the ballerina whether she plans to dance in The Nutcracker or not.
The Hudsonian zone covers the upper slopes of the higher mountains of New England, New York and North Carolina and larger areas on the elevated slopes of the Rocky and Cascade Mountains; and on the western mountains it is the home of the mountain goat, mountain sheep, Alpine flying-squirrel, nutcracker, evening grosbeak and Townsends solitaire.
On the upper verge of the pine forests, or in the scrubby vegetation just beyond, the following are not uncommon - black woodpecker (Picus martius), ring-ousel (Turdus torquatus), Bonelli's warbler (Phylloscopus Bonellii), crested tit (Parus cristatus), citril finch (Citrinella alpina), siskin (Chrysomitris spinus), crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes), blackcock (Tetrao tetrix), and the alpine varieties of the marsh-tit (Parus palustris, borealis) and tree-creeper (Certhia familiaris, costae).