The Nutcracker: Then and Now

The Nutcracker: Then and Now

Dec 3, 2015

The Nutcracker Soldier

The Nutcracker Soldier

            The Nutcracker is such an important part of the holiday season both as the lovable toy and the gorgeous ballet.  For Grosh and our clients The Nutcracker tends to keep us focusing more on the ballet.  However, it is interesting to think about what the toy’s meaning and history is and how it inspired the ballet.

            According to German tradition, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to the family and protect the home.  The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength, guarding the family from danger.  A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of luck and goodwill.  Since the 15th century, Nutcrackers have existed in the form of wooden carvings and have traditionally been formed into the shape of a soldier, knight, or king.

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