I fell in love with The Nutcracker ballet many years ago and made it a tradition to see it when it was presented in an area close to our home. But even if I can't see it in person I catch one on TV to watch.
I totally fell in love with the Nutcracker itself after seeing it and had to have one of my very own. My very first Nutcracker can be seen above - it is the tall red one standing in the back.
My oldest grandson was just a toddler at the time and fell in love with that Nutcracker also. He would carry him around the house as if he were his best friend. (Maybe the magic of the nutcracker came to life for him also.)
Soon after Papa became very enthralled with that Nutcracker and began his very own collection of them.
So for 20+ years he has been adding a new Nutcracker to "his" collection each year.
All of our grandchildren are mesmerized and in love with this collection and have picked their own favorites. Each year they look for "their" Nutcracker to make sure he is out with the rest of the decorations. One year I didn't set them out and everyone was disappointed. So if nothing else gets decorated the Nutcracker collection has to be put out.
The favorites tend to be the traditional Nutcracker that is dressed in his "military" uniform. Whether it be blue, red, white or black and all his finery with gold cording, bright colors and glitter - lots of glitter for some.
However, some have been gifts and tend to not be so traditional such as this snowman one
or the golf one dressed in green above. Still they all have to make their appearance.
Does your family have a beloved collection that has to be part of your decor or it just wouldn't be Christmas? We have a couple and I'll show you the other one next week. Tell me about your collection in the comments below. I answer all comments through email.
So, until next time have fun creating something you love.
I will be joining the link parties listed on the Where I Party page above. Please go and visit them. I am sure you will be inspired by all the great creativity you will find there.