In Girl Meets A Christmas Maya, while Riley and Maya talk about Secret Santa, one of her pillows is a Nutcracker, placed convienently in the center of the frame.
The Nutcracker is a wonderful Christmas story, and one of my favorites.
I think the narrative has been tied to Riley, Farkle and the BMW assumptions.
In the story, Clara is a sweet girl with dreams to be a ballet performer. Clara is also known as Marie in the ballet.
She is very excited on Christmas Eve when her Grandfather Drosselmeyer brings his Christmas gifts.
After telling the children a story about a young man cursed by the Mouse king, Grandfather Drosselmeyer gives Clara a nutcracker.
As Clara cradles her new gift in her arms, her little brother grabs it from her and causes the nutcracker to lose his jaw.
(This sounds very similar to a certain Barry the Bear Bear losing a face, doesn't it?)
The rest of the children don't appreciate the Nutcracker the way that Clara does.
As Grandfather Drosselmeyer ties a bandage around the Nutcracker, he promises to fix it, Clara finds one of the doll beds to place the Nutcracker on with care, and she promises to nurse him back to health.
As the Christmas festivities die down, Grandfather Drosselmeyer finishes his tale and explains to Clara that the Nutcracker is known as the prince of the dolls. He is waiting for a girl to lift the curse, and when she does, he will make her his princess.
("Who will treat me, like a princess," "Like me!")
Clara is intrigued by the story, and after she has to go to bed, she returns to the living room, only to see Grandfather Drosselmeyer fix the nutcracker.
As she goes to see him, something magical happens. The toys come to life, and the Nutcracker is once again forced to battle the dreaded mouse king.
Clara helps the Nutcracker defeat the evil Mouse King, and he invites her to go with him to the land of the dolls. As she arrives, the dolls greet them and they are treated like royalty.
In the end, Clara goes back home, and the Nutcracker disappears.
Devastated, Clara rushes to tell Grandfather Drosselmeyer, only to find that a boy around her age is helping him build more toys.
In the story, Drosselmier's nephew does not appear until after Clara helps the Nutcracker.
In the ballet, he is there the whole time.
This story has many parallels to the "story" of Riley and Farkle.
Farkle would be the nutcracker, stuck in the Minkus role and taken for granted. Yet, waiting for his princess to save him.
Riley would be Clara, a dreamer with a big heart who promises to care for the Nutcracker Prince and helps him defeat the mouse king.
It's a very symbolic parallel to the idea introduced in Girl Meets Smackle to never assume, look more deeply and not trust a pretty wrapper.
Nothing is as it seems in The Nutcracker Prince, and had Clara not believed in Drosselmeyer's story, the Nutcracker would be doomed.
Farkle's constant confusion of where he stands in Riley's story is related to the curse on the Nutcracker Prince.
Riley sees Farkle's true value, like Clara saw the hero in the Nutcracker.
While everyone else takes him for granted, Riley believes in Farkle and she is always there for him.
We already know in Girl Meets Bay Window that Farkle wants to be the prince in Riley's story who will treat her like a princess. Just as the Nutcracker Prince gave Clara the title of Princess of the Dolls.
Both Riley and Farkle need to lift their heads and challenge the BMW assumptions. (Like Clara and the Nutcracker Prince defeated the mouse king.
Once they learn from each other, their story will become clear.