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If you’re a regular reader, you’re probably sick of my ballet references. Sorry! Last one.

Backstage at the Milwaukee Ballet's The Nutcracker on Flee Fly Flown

I wanted to recap the shopping inspiration in one post as a final wrap-up to the pre-Christmas posts.

So here goes:

The Overture: An introduction to the concept
The Nutcracker Inspiration: Nutcracker shopping guide
The Party: Decorating for a Holiday Party & hostess gifts
Battle with the Rat King: Ideas for the men in your life
Waltz of the Snowflakes: Winter wonderland shopping inspiration
Land of Sweets & the Sugar Plum Fairy: Sweet and wearable treats
The Spanish Dance :: Chocolate: Ruffles, flowers, fans, sweets  &more
The Arabian Dance :: Coffee: Coffee, candles and baklava, oh my!
The Chinese Dance :: Tea: Ideas for the perfect tea party
The Russian Dance :: Trepak: Russian-inspired gifts
Dance of the Reed Flutes: My interpretation = stocking stuffers
Mother Ginger & the Polichinelles: Ginger, mothers & the clowns
Waltz of the Flowers: Scents, flowers or a trip to the garden!
Pas de Deux :: Paired Gifts: Things that go well together
The Finale: A few things from my own wish list

Hopefully you’re shopping is wrapped up by now!

- Colleen

The final movement of The Nutcracker Ballet revisits all of the previous movements and all the dancers come together to bid farewell to Clara as she journeys back through her dreams to find herself asleep in her family’s living room, near the tree on Christmas morning.

The Finale of the Nutcracker Ballet on Flee Fly Flown

For my final list of inspiration and gift ideas, I’m deviating from the theme and simply listing things I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree with my name on the card. I’ve been fairly good this year, so hopefully I won’t simply be receiving coal.

My Wishlist:

Flee Fly Flown's personal Christmas wish list

Top row, left to right: Hand Stitched Human Eye Art, $85. A trip to Somewhere warm. A Rear Rack for my bicycle, $32.(And a bag to go with it!). Middle row: A new carry-on bag by Amy Butler. Momiji Pin Cushion Figurine, $24. Tree necklace, $65. Bottom row: Subscription to Fine Line Magazine, $34+shipping. Milwaukee Art Museum Membership. Tap shoes (All this talk of dancing makes me want to do some of my own)!

Here’s hoping!

- Colleen

As the flowers finish their waltz and exit the stage, the celebration winds down with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince performing a final Pas de Deux. I love the music in this movement. If you’re interested, take a listen and a look in the video below.

Since a Pas de Deux is a duet in ballet, I’ve picked out some gifts that could be paired  together. Whether for a host of a party, your sister or your other half, hopefully there’s one or two ideas below that might work for your Christmas shopping.

Nuts, $3.69 + Nutcracker, $22.

nutcracker inspired paired gift on Flee Fly Flown for the holidays.

Cook Book, $29. + Apron, $29.75
Paired gifts for Christmas on Flee Fly Flown

iPad + Case, $90.
iPad plus carrying case on Flee Fly Flown

, $26.95 + Wine

wine pairing for the holidays on Flee Fly Flown

Cribbage Board, $18.99 + Playing Cards

Cribbage and cards on Flee Fly Flown

Cheezzzy Corn, $7.95 + Movie, $16.99

Movie night gifts for the Holiday on flee fly flown

Last up, Christmas morning…coming soon!

- Colleen

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