I am sure you have probably worked out by now that I LOVE Christmas and I am hoping that if you are here visiting me here today that you might just LOVE Christmas too! I love Christmas so much that I have already started thinking about how I will be decorating our home this year and what new decorations I would like to buy. One thing that is at the top of my list is a new Nutcracker...perhaps one of these little guys that I posted about last week.
I think Nutcrackers are so special and festive and I would like to start collecting a few more.
They have actually been around since about the 15th Century.
They usually always have a large mouth which can be opened by a lever at the back. Source
These days we associate nutcrackers with the beautiful fairy-tale ballet which is always performed around Christmas time every year.
ETA Hoffman wrote a story called "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King" which was then adapted by Alexandre Dumas and Tchaikovsky composed the score for the ballet version of the story in 1892.
I have only got three nutcrackers but give me time....I am sure that they will have a new friend very very soon!
Here are my three Nutcrackers!
This was my very first nutcracker, all dressed in BLUE!
He is only a short little fellow!
Here is No 2! He is very talented-he can play the drum and the tambourine at the same time!
Here is last year's find a soldier. He has a very happy face I think!
Aren't they a handsome bunch!
I think they are so fabulous that they should become Pop Art Icons for Nutcrackers everywhere..
Do you like my Andy Warhol Nutcrackers!? Aren't they gorgeous!
Can you tell that I am having so much fun playing around at Big Huge Labs! If you haven't been there yet you must go over and have some fun experimenting with your photos! Here is another Big Huge Labs creation based on the work of David Hockney. It is a picture of the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre that I took in 2004....I have New York on my mind....Check out my other blog to see why!
I will let you know about my new Nutcracker as soon as I get him. In the meantime though, if you would like to see a truly gorgeous Nutcracker collection head on over to Denise Marie's blog, Christ is at The Heart of Christmas.
Many thanks to Denise Marie for having me at her Christmas Collector's Alley Linky Party and thanks also to Mary for having me at this week's Mosaic Monday party and to Smiling Sally for having me at her Blue Monday party.
And of course, thank you all for visiting me today. I loved seeing you and I hope you will visit again soon!
Blessings and best wishes always,
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. W.T. Ellis