So, although we have tried to be relative purists about the way we celebrate Christmas (we have never done Santa, didn't even have a tree until a couple of years ago and have five Nativity sets), we have picked up a Nutcracker or two over the years - just to commemorate the performances of course ;-) .
Until now, I haven't even tried to explain to the new Chinese kids what they have to do with Christmas. I just left them in the category of the many crazy things Americans do (I know they are still wondering why we have drawers and drawers full of clothing that needs to be washed, folded and MATCHED !). So when the Moscow Ballet came to our theater, I decided to take everyone (Jerry was out of town). It was a festive opening to the Christmas season, if not exactly the spiritual high point.
I expect the Annie Moses Band concert next week will bring the message of Christmas that we want the children to hear.