The Nutcracker Story
The Stahlbaum's are hosting their annual Christmas party. Their children Clara and Fritz dance and play as guests gather for the evening. Their grand house is decorated by the most beautiful tree imaginable. The children's godfather, Drosselmeyer, arrives. A skilled toymaker, he presents two life-size dolls, who each take a turn to dance. As the children open their gifts, he gives each of them a present.
Clara's Nutcracker is the talk of the party, making Fritz jealous. In a fit of temper he snatches it from his sister, breaking it in two. Clara's heart-break is short lived, however, as Drosselmeyer repairs the Nutcracker with a handkerchief drawn magically from the air. As the hour grows late, the guests depart and the family retire to bed. All except Clara, who creeps back downstairs to check on her beloved nutcracker, falling asleep with it wrapped up in her arms.