Steinbach The Nutcracker
Attention to detail is what attracts many collectors to Steinbach nutcrackers, handcrafted in Germany. A velvet jacket and feather-and-ruby detailing adorn this noble design, available through gumps.com.
Long ago, a red-coated soldier nutcracker inspired a book and then a ballet. Today, all the characters from the story can be found in nutcracker form. This mischievous Herr Drosselmeyer from Christian Ulbricht is available from brookstone.com.
Soldier and King
The earliest figural nutcrackers depicted soldiers and kings, much like these contemporary designs from Holiday Lane, available through macys.com.
Ulbricht Woodland Santa
Borrow this simple display idea: Place a single eye-catching nutcracker on a shelf or mantel and surround him with holiday greenery. This charming Woodland Santa, available through gumps.com, was crafted by the sought-after German firm Christian Ulbricht.
Show your patriotic side—and your holiday spirit—with an Uncle Sam nutcracker from Kurt Adler, available through kohls.com. Kurt Adler nutcrackers are known for their wonderfully whimsical style.
Most full-size nutcrackers stand between 15" and 20" tall. Shorter designs like this 11" Steinbach "Gingerbread" design are affectionately called "Chubbies"; available at lnt.com.
A trio of Hollywood nutcrackers designed by artist Holly Adler boasts a palette of soft pastels, proving that holiday displays need not be limited to red and green.
Nutcracker designs not only depict traditional soldiers and Santas, but also beloved characters from movies, television and books, like Kurt Adler’s Scrooge available from hsn.com.
Whether it stands alone or complements a collection of smaller designs, a 6'-tall lighted nutcracker commands attention in the holiday home; available from frontgate.com.
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