NUTCRACKERS ARE NOT JUST FOR NUTS!
The VIRGINIA SHOPPER has concluded that people first cracked nuts with stones. Have you ever tried to crack a walnut with your teeth? Bad idea! But really – excavators have actually found tooth-pitted nutshells dating back to 8,000 years ago.
Nowadays simple nutcrackers are not only found in our homes, but are available as sophisticated, designer collector’s items sought after for special occasions and home décor. And would you believe there are Nutcracker Legends?
– Once upon a time there was a rich, mean farmer who promised a reward to anyone who would crack his walnuts. So, a carver came and surprised the farmer with a wonderful wooden toy that was painted in bright colors and had strong jaws that were powerful enough to crack the walnuts. The farmer was so happy, he rewarded the entire village.
– German legend has it that nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck. They represented power and strength and would serve a family faithfully to protect them from thieves and danger.
– A great love of nutcrackers emerged from The Nutcracker Suite, the fairy tale ballet that inspired families around the world. The beloved ballet brings soldier nutcrackers to life and makes them heroes of the day.
In addition to the influence of German Christmas ornaments, modern nutcrackers also echo the primitive look of early American folk art. They make excellent gifts for special occasions. Many are numbered and signed.
CONCLUSION: If one of these beautifully designed handmade wooden nutcrackers doesn’t ferociously guard your home, or add appeal to your decorating efforts, or remind you of a Christmas ballet, then it can still do one thing well and probably better than using two stones. IT CAN ACTUALLY CRACK NUTS!
The items pictured here are all available online or off from Virginia Born and Bred.
”Til We Meet Again – The VIRGINIA SHOPPER