Today is National Maple Syrup Day, suggesting that we should all have pancakes for breakfast. Not a bad day, really, and I understand why the maple syrup lobby would have a day of its own. It would be a little more appropriate earlier in the fall, but hey, at least its not National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day.
In other news, today is mostly about the production of seasonal cultural events. Today in 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published for the first time. It’s pretty food-centric, with all that pudding and the roast beast or whatever.
Nearly 50 years later today, in 1892 in St. Petersburg, The Nutcracker was performed for the first time – and now Clara and the nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy and everyone else are nearly as famous as Santa Claus.
In fact, this past Sunday, Jen, Alicia, Maddy and I had lunch at Petit Louis, then saw a local version of The Nutcracker, performed by the Baltimore Ballet. My favorite part? The little tiny girls who run around the stage and wave to their parents. Totally cute.