According to German folklore, Holiday Nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck and protect the home. The legend states that a nutcracker represents power and strength and serves like a trusty watch dog guarding a 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. Although nutcrackers have been around for hundreds of years, they were not always the collectible items as we know them today. In fact, nutcrackers only became popular as a collectible item in the United States about 50 years ago. Our collection features U.S. military nutcrackers, SEC mascots, Razorback, Uncle Sam, police and firefighter nutcrackers along with the traditional soldiers plus nutcracker ornaments and banners.