For Christmas Eve, our girls usually get to open one present. This year I wrote up several clues for a scavenger hunt. When they solved a clue, it would lead them to their gift. They started to catch on that the initial letters of the clues were going to spell something.
I honestly can't remember if I ever posted about the musical "Wicked" after the first time we saw it last year.
If I didn't, I apologize, because it is absolutely the best musical I've seen to date.
If you don't know anything about the show, it takes place in Oz. You'll find out about a baby that is born green, and through no fault of her own, she is hated by her father and shunned by her peers, no matter how hard she tries to do what's right. You can imagine how that might turn someone into a "witch." Opposite this pea-colored social leper is Galinda (as in the future "Glinda the Good Witch") who is tragically blonde, beautiful and in love with her mirror, her shoes and the new guy at school.
You develop a sympathy for the green girl, which makes you feel guilty for any negative thoughts you'd had about the Wicked Witch of West from the book or movie "The Wizard of Oz." You also run the risk of digging up long-buried guilt for the way you treated others in your childhood based on their outward appearance.
The winged monkeys were quite handsome. Particularly praiseworthy is their creative hairstyling, maximizing the impact of all 17 of their strands of hair.