A Year of Collectible Holiday Nutcrackers
Nutcrackers aren’t just for Christmas. Did you know that there are collectible holiday nutcrackers for nearly every major holiday?
I received my first nutcracker when I was newly married – an Easter Bunny nutcracker. I have been collecting them ever since. I am working on adding a nutcracker to my collection for every holiday.
If you love collectible holiday nutcrackers as much as I do, keep reading to see some of the unique and interesting ones that are currently available.
In some form or another, nutcrackers have been around for as long as man has been trying to crack the tough nut shells to reach the meat inside. Decorative wooden nutcrackers, like the ones featured on this page, first appeared in Germany in the early 1800’s.
These early nutcrackers generally took the form of kings or soldiers. The nut was typically placed in the mouth of these figures and a lever was pulled that closed the mouth and cracked the nut open. Wilhelm Fachtner is known as the “father of the nutcracker” as he was the first one to commercially produce nutcrackers in Germany.
Today, there are hundreds of decorative nutcrackers available to add to your collection. However, these nutcrackers are more decorative than functional. My son actually tried to crack a nut with one of my Christmas nutcrackers and ended up breaking it, requiring some repairs. So I suggest you purchase a little metal nutcracker and pick set for opening nuts and leave your collectible holiday nutcrackers as decorations!
For more information on the history of nutcrackers, be sure to visit the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. If you are in the Washington area, it would definitely be worth a visit if you collect holiday nutcrackers.
Valentine Day Nutcrackers
This cutie is on the top of my wish list. In fact, when my husband asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day this year, this nutcracker was the only thing I told him. I have never seen a Valentine Day nutcracker in stores around here, but I found the King of Hearts Nutcracker on Amazon.
This Valentine Day nutcracker is 10 inches tall and is hand painted. I just love the detail on this King of Hearts Nutcracker – from the sparkly jewels on the hat, to the red heart in his hand. If you love collectible holiday nutcrackers, this is one worth adding to your collection.
Valentine Day Nutcrackers can be hard to find. So what I did was purchase a pink nutcracker on Christmas clearance and decorate him for Valentine’s Day. It’s a great alternative if you can’t find one to purchase. If you want to learn how I made him, be sure to check out my DIY Valentines Day Nutcracker Instructions.
St. Patrick’s Day Nutcrackers
I love decorating for all holidays, big or small. So of course I had to add a couple of St. Patricks Day nutcrackers to my collection.
This one I found at my local Michaels craft store. I got him for a great price by using one of their weekly 40% off coupons. Of course my Michaels only had one St Patricks Day nutcracker available. If you would like a bigger variety to choose from, check out the St Patricks Day nutcrackers available on Amazon.
Whether you want an authentic German nutcracker or are happy with the less expensive novelty nutcrackers, you are sure to find a wonderful St Patricks Day nutcracker for your collection in the selection below. Or if you prefer, you can see all St Patricks Day Nutcrackers on Amazon here.
Easter Bunny Nutcrackers
A whimsical Easter Bunny Nutcracker will delight children and adults alike. As I mentioned before, the very first of my collectible holiday nutcrackers was an Easter Bunny.
I got him 20 years ago and still put him out every Easter. I love his pretty pastel colors and the cute little pocket watch!
If you look in the early spring, you can often find some Easter Bunny nutcrackers in the holiday decor section of your favorite department stores.
Amazon also has a great selection of Easter Bunny Nutcrackers. Here are are few of my favorites…
Patriotic Nutcrackers for the 4th of July
Celebrate the 4th of July with a patriotic nutcracker to add to your collection! These patriotic Uncle Sam nutcrackers could also be used to decorate for Memorial Day or Veterans Day.
This Uncle Sam patriotic nutcracker is one of my favorites in my collection. He is a short stubby nutcracker and I just love his little red velvet coat.
I just added this little cutie to my collectible Holiday nutcrackers this year. I found him at Michaels craft section in their Halloween decorations. They also had a few others to choose from, but I liked this skeleton nutcracker best.
Whether you prefer spooky or cute Halloween decorations, any of these Halloween Nutcrackers that will be a delightful addition to your holiday decorations this October.
Kurt Adler Wooden Halloween Skeleton NutcrackerJack Skellington NutcrackerSteinbach Chubby Phantom of the Opera German NutcrackerPumpkin Head NutcrackerSteinbach Scarecrow NutcrackerWitch with Broom Nutcracker
Let’s not forget about Thanksgiving! I think Thanksgiving is the only collectible holiday nutcracker that I don’t have for my collection. I have been on the hunt for one though. If you are looking for one to add to your collection, here is a great selection of Thanksgiving nutcrackers that might catch your eye.
Christmas Nutcracker Figures
Here is my current collection of Christmas nutcracker figures. I like to add a new one every couple of years. I hope in the future to be able to add an authentic Steinbach to my collection. (Hint, hint to my husband if he’s reading this!)
A Nutcracker is typically associated with Christmas, so of course I had to feature a few Christmas Nutcracker figures on this page as well. My favorite is the Gingerbread Soldier Nutcracker. I have my sights set on adding that one to my collection next Christmas.
New Year Nutcrackers
I don’t typically decorate for the New Year, because we don’t take our Christmas decorations down until January 1st. I have to admit though that this New Years Nutcracker definitely caught my eye.
This Steinbach Taron Millennium Nutcracker is German-made and stands 17.5 inches tall. With his bottle of wine and wine glass, this unique nutcracker is definitely ready to ring in the New Year!
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As you can tell, collectible holiday nutcrackers aren’t just for Christmas. If you love to decorate for all holidays, big or small, chances are you can find a nutcracker to add to your holiday decor year round. So tell me… Do you collect decorative nutcrackers?