Saluting nutcrackers, our seasonal soldiers
November 20, 2018
Just in case you haven’t noticed, we’re a bit nuts for nutcrackers this year, and we’ve embraced this holiday tradition like never before.
In addition to a wide selection of collectible nutcracker figures—some traditional and some not so traditional and many featuring touches of Courtly Check on their costumes—we’ve added these seasonal soldiers to everything from pillows to plates to napkins to canapé knives. You could even decorate your holiday home entirely in nutcrackers, starting at the front door with our colorful Large Nutcracker Wreath, which features a nutcracker right in the center.
We’re also excited that many of these nutcrackers are boxed for easy gift-giving, including our Nutcracker Mug Tower, a collection of four porcelain mugs with gold lustre handles that stack to form a single nutcracker. Use them to serve hot chocolate while trimming the tree, and pair them with our set of coordinating Nutcracker Plates, which are perfect for holiday cookies or hors d’oeuvres.
Planning to give a nutcracker-themed gift? Embellish the package with one of our Cloisonné Nutcracker Ornament Made of metal and decorated with colorful enamel, each one will delight you with a little dance, raising its arms and legs when you tug on its jingled pull cord.
Julie Schneider, our product manager for holiday, says the inspiration for our collection began with hand-painted art of nattily attired nutcrackers, created by one of our designers. The art was interpreted on our Nutcracker Brigade products that include a pillow, placemats, and coasters.
A classic Christmas theme, nutcrackers are considered symbols of good luck. Usually hand carved and hand-painted, they were commonly given as holiday gifts in Europe, a tradition that is the theme of the ballet The Nutcracker. The two-act ballet, which premiered in 1892 in Russia, centers around a little girl, Clara, and tells how her nutcracker comes to life on Christmas Eve. It is based on the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and features a score by Tchaikovsky.
Eventually, The Nutcracker found its way to America, where it was first performed in San Francisco in 1944 and became wildly popular in the 1950s, when it was presented by the New York City Ballet. It’s now a beloved annual tradition performed by ballet companies nationwide. The latest interpretation of the classic, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, recently opened in movie theaters.
We celebrate the ballet with the Nutcracker collection from Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs. Many of the ballet’s beloved characters—from the Sugarplum Fairy to the Mouse King to the Ginger Mother—are represented in handmade and hand-painted ornaments designed by Patience. And, of course, the Nutcracker is there too!
You might say that nutcrackers have danced their way into so many hearts, including ours. So now you know why we’re nuts for nutcrackers, and we think you will be, too.