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Nutcrackers Make A Great Xmas Tradition

Updated on November 10, 2012

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Nutcrackers - A Great Xmas Tradition

Nutcrackers make for a great xmas tradition around our home. It was only a few years ago

when we didn't have any nutcrackers at Christmas time. Our home was warm and inviting but

there was something missing unbeknown to us at the time. As it happened my dear Aunt in

Hamilton gave me a few small nutcracker ornaments which we hung on our christmas tree

that year. They immediately had an impact on our family. Almost as if they had a life of

there own they added warmth and ambience we could not have imagined.

And so the quest began, we had to find another nutcracker. They all seem to have there

own special quality, and even personality. At first we found one and then another.

Where ever we went, we were (and still are) always on the lookout for the next nutcracker

to join the family. Sometimes you will find a nutcracker in the oddest places. The best buy we

ever made was just a year ago in a clearance bin in a drug store. The oddity was it was late

November not the New Year. There we found a five foot nutcracker who we named Chuck and

he only cost us $19.00, which is a steal for a nutcracker this size.It's been a number of years

now and our family of nutcrackers has

grown. Some are big and some are small, but as my wife said size doesn't


Initially we had them take part in the usual nutcracker duties, you know like guarding

the door way, guarding the stairway, guarding the xmas tree and the list goes on. And we

noticed they would never complain of the endless hours and solemn duties they were called

into, but we knew they must have dreamt of something more, maybe like being more part of

the family and festivities.

Well we started letting them sit at the table for snacks and before you know it, they

were helping us decorate, cook, play with the cats and even just kick back and enjoy

listening to the Christmas music and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace (but not too


Nutcrackers - Just Hanging Around the Xmas Tree

Nutcrackers - Time for a Snack

Nutcrackers - Keeping the Cats Company

Nutcrackers - Play Some Xmas Tunes

Nutcrackers - Getting Ready to Shovel the Snow

Nutcrackers - I Wish the Kids Would Do Their Own Homework!

Opps - Sorry Chuck

Nutcrackers - Hey, We're On Break - Do You Mind!

Nutcracker Movie


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  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Hi Goody5, I could never deny a comment so close to xmas, where would the spirit be in that, lol. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas...

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    6 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

    Great photos and superb work, however I would really like to recommend that you stop by this hubber's hub for a moment - and you are more then welcome to deny this comment if you choose to. Merry Christmas & Happy Hubbin...........

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks for commenting Joe, glad to hear this hub may have given your nutcracker another shot, they really do want to contribute...Mine in fact do not crack nuts, they resent being held in that light. Their ancestors did stuff like that just like our ancestors slapped rocks together to make fire if you know what I mean.

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    6 years ago from Colorado

    You got me to look at my nutcracker in a whole new light. Last year my mom decided to give me a nutcracker that has about 20 or so years on myself. I always thought him to be a creepy little fellow, always staring at me with red coat uniform and a mouth that always hangs half open. Almost got rid of him at one point, but now he's got a job watching out over the fish in the aquarium.

    Put him to work, and now he's not all that bad. My nutcracker thanks you for the hub that gave him a second chance. By the way, have you ever cracked a nut in a nutcracker? Mine can grab my finger pretty dang hard, but I just don't know if he could handle an actual nut.

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks for commenting Anglnwu and the vote! I don't have a penguin, yet...Lol My late Aunt got us started o our collection, but I remember the nutcrackers also from when my daughter was younger and we watched a children's version of the Nutcracker ballet. They really add so much to the Christmas season.

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    6 years ago

    I can see you're nutcracker crazy but that's a good thing. You've a great collection. I'm partial towards nutcracker as my daughter dances in the Nutcracker ballet. U have a penguin nutcracker? I do--and like you I buy them whenever I see one that catches my fancy. Enjoyed the hub and rated up.

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Haha, always lock the door I say, thanks for commenting escapes!

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    6 years ago

    We have a collection of nutcrackers that only come out for Christmas. Every year we add to the collection. I love the nutcracker in the bathroom!

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Hahaha, Maggy is the only one of our three cats that would tolerate being out done by a Nut Cracker, especially a Nut Cracker that is a mouse. Really appreciate your wonderful comments and Vote, thanks again!

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    6 years ago

    Carcro: What a delightful, endearing, festive look at you and your family's charming Nutcracker collection! The write-up is riveting, and the photographs hilariously illustrative.

    Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.,


    P.S. How did you ever get the cat to cooperate with the Nutcrackers against her?

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Suzettenaples for commenting. We have a lot of fun with our nutcrackers as you can see. They do add something to the festive time of year. Have a Merry Christmas too!!

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    I love your collection of nutcrackers! What a creative hub! I have a few nutcrackers myself and can't wait to put them out at Christmas time. Merry Christmas!

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thank you MM, tis the season to be jolly they say. I agree Nutcrackers are one of my favorite decor items this time of year. I know they think they're the best too...Lol

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi carcro, what a fun hub, great pictures, just love those guys!

    Voting up and best wishes MM

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    I'm glad you enjoyed reading this hub oceansnsunsets, I have to make sure I turn on the lights when I walk downstairs in the morning, sometimes they scare the fejeebies out of me, lol.

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    6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Carcro, love your nutcrackers and the photos made me smile and laugh! Haha, how great to have some fun with these guys at Christmas time. :) Thanks for sharing. (They really DO seem to have a life of their own based on the pictures! lol)

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Grandmapearl, I had fun with this one, thanks so much for commenting and the Vote!

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    Connie Smith 

    6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Great Hub Carcro! Voted you Up, Funny and Awesome. Loved the pictures and the captions. Very Well Done!

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Yeah, that one got away from me but I couldn't resist for a laugh. Thanks for commenting!

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    Cheryl Simonds 

    6 years ago from Connecticut

    This was a cute hub, but, in the bathroom, how could you LOL :)


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