one of my first Christmas memories is “The Nutcracker” of Tchaikovsky being played. We lived in the West Indies, there was a Christmastree, imported from the USA, and no snow of course, we sat around it at 30C.
My mother had this record as a present, playing it again and again (and again and again), she later took us to see the film and still later I have seen it in the theatre, performed as a ballet, many times.
This is among the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s music. The story is set at Christmas time, and is full of lots of small gems one of which is this piece “The Sugar Plum Fairy”, as featured in the Disney film “Fantasia”.