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.

Now for my favorite…

And my second favorite…

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!

Ulbricht again

Steinbach, although I have a shorter version of this guy already

Steinbach “Caroler” 

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
Ulbricht fall

Ulbricht, pilgrim

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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