WOODEN NUTCRACKER

With the yuletide, here again, you find all sorts of beautiful decorations here and there. Decorations play their own part in the fun and excitement of the season. Everyone is agog and the atmosphere is lightened up where there are aesthetic adornments and colorful artwork and craft to cherish. In many homes and organizations, nutcrackers have an adorable shelf presence, immediately catching the attention of guests and visitors. The perfect description of a nutcracker is a decorative doll or figurine usually made to take the form of soldiers in ancient times. Many are made from sturdy materials like silver, bronze, cast- iron, and wood. On rare occasions, you would find special and unique nutcrackers made from porcelain and other not-so-common materials.

Wooden nutcrackers have a rich history dating back to the 17th century where a German craftsman from Seiffen in the Ore Mountains is credited with creating the first nutcracker doll. However, with the craft growing in popularity and demand in the 18th century, Friedrich Wilhelm Fichtner began mass production in his workshop in 1872. By the mid-19th century after the second world war, the fame of nutcrackers had spread to Europe with returning American Soldiers who served in Germany acting as agents of its introduction back home, here. Soldiers received them as the souvenir from their host communities, little wonder why up till date, many of them still look much like dummy-soldiers.

Moreover, much later they became associated with festive seasons; the introduction of the ballet version of the Nutcracker gave an impetus to its use as a seasonal icon and a common gift exchanged between friends in western culture at yuletide periods like Christmas
Beyond the appeals of wooden nutcracker as an ornament, certain benefits come with its use in modern day tradition. They include:

PRESERVATION OF TRADITION

In many homes and organizations, certain practices have been handed down. Wooden nutcrackers in many of these homes and organizations have remained a symbol that has kept such traditions alive. For example, several families have Christmas traditions of decoratively arranging an army of nutcrackers on a particular day to mark an event unique to the family. In some other families, nutcrackers that portray something about the character of the recipient are exchanged between family members. Also, It is the tradition in some climes for Santa to give away nutcrackers with expensive collectibles to guests and non- residents. So if you looking to immortalize a person or start a family tradition you intend to make trans-generational, customizing a wooden nutcracker is a way to keep the fond memories in mind not just for you but for those who would come after.WOODEN NUTCRACKER

FOSTERING THE SPIRIT OF COMRADESHIP

You want to entrench an organizational culture, deepen relationship amongst members of a workgroup and establish strong bonds amongst co-workers, having a uniform wooden nutcracker for all and sundry is a way to achieve this

IT CAN BE A CORPORATE BRANDING STRATEGY

Many organizations that want to stand out find a way of presenting themselves differently in the marketplace. It is common for organizations to have on all staff wooden nutcrackers as badges that communicate something unique about the organization’s offerings or products. Sometimes, customized wooden nutcracker depicting a particular characteristic of the organization is displayed conspicuously in the receptiWOODEN NUTCRACKERon and other public relation points of the organization so that at a glance the organization is able to impress its corporate image so strong in the minds of people.

SPIRITUAL SYMBOL

From ancient Germany till date, it is believed that wooden nutcrackers possess spiritual powers to ward off evil spirits and represents good luck. So many faithful of other religions have specially designed wooden nutcrackers as a symbol of the deities they worship.

Whatever your reasons are, wooden nutcrackers are wonde,rful specters go get yourself one and hand down the tradition.