I've been collecting "Nutcrackers" for as long as I've been married (31yrs) and this is the first Christmas I've seen them in about 9 years. We have moved so many times that they ended up in a box marked Xmas and stored with my daughter. Now that she is settled in Palm Beach. I thought, "It's time to bring them home".
My first thought was, they were perfect for the mantel.
I had to laugh at myself. I went into JoAnn's to pick up a piece of fabric and had to slap my hand. There were several Nutcrackers that I really loved. I was good and walked on by.
The origin of the Nutcracker started with
German author E.T.A. Hoffman in the 19th Century wrote many stories in which dolls played an important roll.
Coppelia is about a mechanical doll that is so life-like that the young men of the village flirt with her. In Tales of Hoffman, there is a wind-up doll that sings until her spring winds down, making her voice fall flat as she finishes her song.
These stories of dolls living human dreams are reminiscent in Hoffman’s most famous character, The Nutcracker, from The Nutcracker and The King of Mice. Presented as a Christmas Gift to the beautiful Clara, this wooden Nutcracker doll, dressed in soldier’s finery, is quickly crushed by Clara’s jealous brother. Broken, but still loved, he is gently left beneath the families’ Christmas tree, where he comes to life at the stroke of midnight.
The villainous army of the King of Mice come upon The Nutcracker and draw their swords for battle. Reinforced by toy soldiers, The Nutcracker is victorious in the war under the Christmas tree, and finds himself to actually be a Prince, able to take his beloved Clara on a magical journey to his homeland.
I counted 43 Nutcrackers in the Christmas box. Each holiday I would buy one or two and a few were gifts The one with the tennis racket was from my son during his high school years. The "Snow Bunny" was from my daughter while she was living in Germany.
Written on the back of their leg, in sharpie, each has a date and location of where I was living at the time.
I never knew how much I missed them until this past week when I found the box tucked away in Cyndi's closet.
My Nutcrackers are home again.
The next few photos are some I took while out shopping.. the Nutcrackers are not traditional but sorta cute?
Let me introduce my 2011 Nutcracker!
One I just could not resist buying.
Her little mixing bowl, well it could not go empty so I mixed in some Sesame seeds and she will grace the kitchen counter for the holidays.
I started putting the decorations on the front of my house and the Icicle lights are pretty bright. Hopefully I'll get it finished by the weekend.
What special holiday decoration do you collect?
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