Dec 14, 2014

Getting to Know Gina Henning: The Magic of The Nutcracker

About Gina Henning:

Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean's surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina's favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.

The Magic of The Nutcracker

One of my favorite things to do is to see a live show, whether it’s a band, play, or ballet. I enjoy the authenticity of the performance and the experience of being in such a unique moment. It’s thrilling to see amazing entertainers, stand, act, dance, or sing on a stage. There’s a mutual beneficial relationship between the performer and audience. To quote from Shakespeare:

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting.”

It’s an exciting event to see The Nutcracker and when I find out that I’m going, this is how I feel:


Going to The Nutcracker is a big deal, which requires a special outfit, and the next thought that crosses my mind is: 

My husband is somewhat patient, but there comes a time, where he can wait no longer and tells me we’ve got to go, but all I can think is: 

Somehow, I pull myself together and feel like this:


As we are driving to the show, I try not to act like this:


When we walk in through the entrance, this is how I feel:

While I’m watching the ballet, I’m utterly amazed.

Because this is what I’m seeing:

At the end of each performance I clap as loud as I can:

When The Nutcracker is over, I stand and imagine fireworks going off to the sounds of the cheers from the audience.

The Nutcracker is by far my favorite ballet and really makes the Christmas season even more magical for me. It may or may not be mentioned in my second book How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake, you’ll have to read to find out.



You can find out more about Gina's books here:


How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
Amazon US   Amazon UK     Nook US  Nook GB   Google Play   Kobo     iBooks

How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake
Amazon US   Amazon UK    Nook US   Nook GB  Google Play   Kobo   iBooks

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