The 12 Days of Merry: How the Nutcracker Came to Be

German mines shut down – so miners turn to woodworking as a means to provide for their families.

Friedrich Wilhelm Füchtner creates the first commercial, mass-produced version of the nutcracker – a king wearing cavalry dress and a crown reminiscent of a miner’s hat.

Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, premieres, sparking people’s interest in collecting nutcrackers.

American soldiers return from World War II, bringing the nutcrackers home as keepsakes.

Legend says nutcrackers serve as trusty watchdogs, guarding your family from evil spirits and danger.

“Don’t be afraid, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim, but that matters not. I won’t bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness.” – German folklore

The 12 Days of Merry: The Holiday-Ready Home Boutique opens Sunday, November 18 at 11AM ET .

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