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I don’t know what it is about a Nutcracker that I love so much. Maybe it’s the fact that they are so whimsical and they make me smile. The one thing that I do know is that it’s not Christmas unless you incorporate a few of these collectables into your Christmas decor.

Nutcracker’s have been around for hundreds of years. They were originally made in Germany. German folklore states that Nutcracker’s were originally given to people as a keepsake. They were thought to bring good luck and to protect the home. That’s why they look like soldiers standing guard to protect your home from evil spirits and danger. Nutcrackers were once used as decor for dining rooms to give a whimsical conversation to guest who would linger around the desert course.

It wasn’t until the debut of Tchaikovsky’s ballet“The Nutcracker Suite” in Russia around 1892 that these little guys became a holiday tradition in Europe. Even though Nutcrackers have been around for a long time, they didn’t become popular here in the U.S. until the 1950’s. During World War II, many G.I.’s stationed in Germany had a chance to visit the Kristkrinale Market where they discovered the whimsical companion called the Nutcracker. It was also during this time that Tchaikovsky’s ballet came to the U.S. In time, the Nutcracker became a beloved holiday collectable here in the U.S.

The wonderful thing about these collectables are that they are so varied in there design. Some look like soldiers, kings, celebrities, and firemen just to name a few. Some are very plain while other are rather formal. One thing is for sure they add a bit of whimsy to any holiday decor. So now that it’s time to decorate for Christmas try incorporating a few of these collectables into your holiday decor. I promise you that they will make you smile too.

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