11/15/2012 10:37 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2012

Maurice Sendak's Illustrations From 'The Nutcracker' (PHOTOS)

We know it's a bit early to be thinking about Christmas (Thanksgiving hasn't even passed yet!), but we can't help but get excited when we think about all our holiday traditions. For us, going to see a December performance of "The Nutcracker' was always one of them.

So you can imagine our excitement when we received this beautiful edition of the "Nutcracker" story with illustrations by the recently deceased Maurice Sendak.

Check out some of the beautiful illustrations below:

Maurice Sendak's "Nutcracker"