Play music as children are coming in. Give children an instrument we are not using, such as shakers or maracas, to play during the song.
The Nutcracker is a 2-act Russian Ballet. Although the original production was not a success, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s, and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.