I didn’t always enjoy the holiday Nutcracker for use in Christmas decorations! I personally use to collect reindeer, but over the years I’ve learned to have a greater appreciation for the art and diversity of an object originally made to just crack nuts. Henry Quackenbush invented the first Nutcracker and nut pick in 1878. Little did he know what he had started.
According to German folklore, nutcrackers brought good luck to your family and protected your home. The legend further states that a nutcracker represents power and strength and serves as a trusted watchdog guarding your family from evil spirits and danger. Perhaps that’s enough of a reason to use one in your Christmas decorating!
Nutcrackers embody the cycle of life. As the seed of a nut falls to the ground, it grows into a strong tree, living over hundreds of years nourishing the woodcutters and woodcrafters. The legends tell of a feast celebrated just before harvesting the logs of the Elder trees, where nuts and fruits were eaten as if to pass on the magic and mystery of this eternal cycle… and so on to the collectors of these exquisite wooden nutcrackers. www.magicofnutcrackers.com
Nutcrackers reflected ancestral dining customs where amusing or unusual nutcrackers were part of the social setting. Christmas table decorations were not complete without a bowl full of nuts and an adorned holiday nutcrackers standing beside it.
To all of my clients that intrigued me with their Christmas nutcracker collections — thank you!