I LOVE nutcrackers! I have some on display year round, but at Christmas time I pull out my Christmas themed nutcrackers.
Let's take a look at my collection:
A Santa with bird.
With a traditional Bavarian on the left.
Phantom of the Opera on the right.
Nutcrackers weren't popular until after the Tchaikovsky ballet was performed in 1892. They didn't become popular in America until after WW2, when the GIs brought them home as gifts.
Now, what to add to my collection next?!
There are two main German nutcracker houses... Christian Steinbach and Christian Ulbricht. You can usually tell the two apart based on their faces. Ulbricht faces usually have round noses, Steinbach faces usually look a little meaner.
|Ulbricht traditional Santa|
|Ulbricht Shepherd, I know someone who would like this.|
|I like him, my college team are the Huskies too!|
|Steinbach, although I have a shorter version of this guy already|
|Ulbricht, love the cuckoo clock|
|Ulbricht, a hunter.|
|Steinbach, Tyrolean Santa|
|Steinbach, 12 days of Christmas "8 maids a milking"|
|Ulbricht smoker Santa on a moose/reindeer|
Or maybe I want a Fall themed one, then I can set one out early?
|Ulbricht cat smoker|
These nutcrackers are all large. Maybe I just need a few traditional toy soldier ones? Either way, I still only purchase the ones that are made in Germany. The ones made in China don't quite look right to me.
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