Nutcracker dolls originate from late-17th century Germany, particularly the Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge) region.
One origin story attributes the creation of the first nutcracker doll to a craftsman from Seiffen.
They were often given as gifts, and at some point they became associated with Christmas season.
What does the Nutcracker symbolize?
According to German folklore, nutcrackers bring good luck to your family and protect your home. A nutcracker is said to represent power and strength, serving somewhat like a watchdog guarding your family against danger. A nutcracker bares its teeth to evil spirits and serves as a messenger of good luck and goodwill.
What is the story line of The Nutcracker?
The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. It is Christmas Eve 1830, in the home of a European city official, President Stahlbaum. He and his wife and children, Clara and Fritz, welcome their guests to the annual Christmas party.
Is The Nutcracker About Christmas?
The Nutcracker is a character from The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816. In this holiday tale, a family—the Stahlbaums—is preparing to celebrate Christmas with an annual party.
Is The Nutcracker religious?
The Nutcracker does indeed have religious content. Everyone in the ballet is celebrating Christmas, a Christian holiday commemorating Christ. The Nutcracker is a ballet, not fundamentalist propaganda.