According to German folklore, Steinbach nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength and serves like a trusty watch dog guarding your family from evil spirits and danger. A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of good luck and goodwill. "Don't be afraid, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim but that matters not. I won't bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness." *Steinbach Nutcrackers embody the 'Cycle of Life', As the seed of a nut falls to the ground, it grows into a strong tree, living over hundreds of years nourishing the woodcutters and woodcrafters. The legends tell of a feast celebrated just before harvesting the logs of the Elder trees, w nuts and fruits were eaten as if to pass on the magic and mystery of this eternal cycle . . . and so on to the collectors of these exquisite wooden nutcrackers. *Steinbach Nutcrackers reflect ancestral dining customs w amusing or unusual nutcrackers were part of the social setting adding a whimsical conversation piece as guests lingered over the desert course which included sweetmeats such as pecans and hazelnuts. *Writers, composers and artists sang and danced the praises of the legend of the Nutcracker beginning with the novel "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice," written sometime between 1776 and 1822, by E.T. Amadeus Hoffman. This novel became the basis for Tchaikovsky's magnificent "Nutcracker Suite", which debuted as a ballet in St. Petersburg in 1892 and lives on as a holiday tradition throughout the world. "If you sit down under one of these trees you might hear the rush and rustle of the tops, telling you about the German legends and the history witnessed by these trees," says Herr Steinbach.
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