Greetings from Amsterdam, where even the public urinals have caught the holiday spirit.
We had the Christmas gift of a night in Amsterdam this week to see the National Ballet production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. Back in Boston we used to see a bit of ballet, and Cinderella was a favorite. I’m no ballet expert, but the James Kudelka choreography and the amazing Boston design concept may have spoiled me for all future productions of this ballet.
That said, the Amsterdam ballet was lovely; the orchestra was fantastic; and even though we had the cheapest tier of tickets in the theater, our seats were amazing. We left resolving to make more of an effort to get to the city for live events. We also enjoyed a very good Italian dinner at not-pricey La Festa and spent the next day aimlessly wandering and window-shopping.
Now Christmas is nearly upon us, if made somewhat surreal by the incessant rain. My brother arrives from the US today for his first European adventure, and we’re looking forward to showing him around.
Improbable Christmas Gifts That I Would Like (Non-Exhaustive)
1. The publication of a sequel by Susanna Clarke to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
2. When we go to the airport to pick up my brother, there’s a fantastic surprise and my WHOLE FAMILY is there!
3. Miraculous re-grouting of our funky shower.
4. Teleportation device so that I can be present at one (or all) of the Christmas Eve (Eve) (Eve) service(s) at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA, USA) to celebrate Christmas with dear friends and to see the performance of a script that I wrote.
What about you? Christmas wishes, probable or otherwise?