The German nutcracker is known the world over and is one of the most famous symbols of Christmas. Nutcrackers come in a variety of colours, costumes and different heights to suit everyone’s taste. All the nutcrackers we carry in our online shop are handmade and certified, making them a special gift for your loved ones. The nutcracker is a unique piece of art that is one of the most well-known wooden crafts to originate from the Erzgebirge region. For this reason, many people collect nutcrackers and place them on display around the holidays. You may have seen the many Erzgebirge wooden handicrafts at Christmas markets around the world and in German souvenir shops. If you can’t visit Germany, take a look at our unique selection of Erzgebirge nutcrackers below to find the perfect gift for yourself or your friends and family.
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The tradition of making wooden handicrafts began in the 17th century in the Erzgebirge region of Germany with nutcrackers, candle arches, pyramids and incense smokers. The early nutcrackers were in the shape of people, birds and other animals and used to crack nuts. Later in the 1700s, the nutcracker was depicted as a soldier and was said to protect your house from bad energy with his strength and power. He also brings your family good luck when on display. Many people love The Nutcracker ballet, which gave the wooden nutcracker a resurgence and helped him become synonymous with Christmas time. You’ll find the trademark symbol “Echt Erzgebirge-Holzkunst mit Herz” on all our Seiffener Volkskunst nutcrackers, so you know it’s not an imitation but a real handmade craft from Germany. Buying from us helps support the continued craftsmanship of handmade wooden crafts in the Ore Mountains.