Today, it’s all about the Christmas Tablescape, Sweet Friends! December is here and I can hardly believe it. I have been anxiously awaiting this month, as it is the time of the year, when I go all out on decorating. I spent Thanksgiving weekend decorating the house for Christmas. On Tuesday, I showed off my front door, Front Door Holiday Decor and 5 Things Needed to Decorate the Front Door!, and now it’s time to decorate the table.
I’m joining a handful of blogger friends where we get to show off our tables. Nutcracker Christmas Table Decor and a little history on Nutcracker’s is on the agenda today! If you’re stopping by from Zucchini Sisters, welcome.
Did you know, according to German folklore, Nutcrackers bring good luck to your family and protect your home. A Nutcracker is said to represent power and strength, serving somewhat like a watchdog guarding your family against danger. A Nutcracker bares its teeth to evil spirits and serves as a messenger of good luck and goodwill.
When I was a little girl, my Mom would hand us a bowl of walnuts and a nut cracker and sit us down in front of the TV. Each year Mom would go to the local farm and get a huge box of walnuts and bring them home. Sitting in frnt of the TV, my sister, Michelle and I were tasked at the job of nutcracking. We’d sit and crack nuts as Mom would spend her time in the kitchen baking. Mom’s all time favorite was Banana Bread with Walnuts.
I was inspired to create a Nutcracker Christmas Tablescape because I know how much my Mom loves nutcrackers. I did not think my Nutcracker Table Decor would be complete with out walnuts and a nut cracker.
My Mom loved collecting Nutcracker Dolls. In her home, she has shelves of dolls out on display. I wish I had photos to show off today, but I don’t. Stay tuned for those photos in another post.
5 Things a Nutcracker Christmas Table Needs!
There are 5 Things a Nutcracker Christmas Table cannot be with out and I’ve included them on my table. Here is a list of the 5 things. Did I miss anything?
- Nut Cracker
- Nutcracker Doll
- Music Sheets
- Musical Instruments
On my table I also added a White Table Cloth and a Faux Table Runner, Cream colored Napkins, Gold Chargers, White Dishes, Nutcracker Salad Plates, Gold Silverware, Gilded Wine Glasses, and Vintage Drinking Glasses.
My centerpiece is a Nutcracker surrounded by White Houses, White Christmas Trees and Re New All Candles from A Maker’s Studio. I also included music sheets and musical instruments in this Nutcracker centerpiece. I corralled my centerpiece on a galvanized tray so I could easily remove it from the table when it was time to eat.
Although I don’t have alot of Nutcracker dolls, I thought the Nutcracker plates added a beautiful touch to my table. I also included walnuts and walnut crackers, and some greenery made into stars to adorn my chairs. Stay tuned for a DIY on the Greenery Stars.
While researching the history and facts of Nutcrackers, I came across “NM The History of Nutcrackers” In Leavenworth, Washington there is a Nutcracker Museum, which opened in 1995.
The Nutcracker dates back to the 1800’s in Germany. They dolls originate from ancestral dining customs where unusual, novelty nutcrackers were part of dining entertainment during the dessert course. It would generate fun conversation whilst tucking into their final course.
Nuts have been a long standing source of nutrition in our lives. Standing wooden nutcrackers in the form of soldiers and kings were shown in the Sonneberg and Erzgebirge regions of Germany by 1800 and in 1830.
A nutcracker, as NM The History of Nutcrackers states, “A Nutcracker, it was defined as often in the form of a misshaped little man, in whose mouth the nut, by means of a leaver or screw, is cracked open. In 1872 Wilhelm Fuchtner, known as the father of the nutcracker, made the first commercial production of nutcrackers using the lathe to create many of the same design.”
When I hear the word Nutcracker, I think of nuts and I think of the musical ballet. The Nutcracker Ballet was debuted in 1892 in St. Petersburg and is an ever popular festive treat for young and old worldwide due to its Christmassy theme.
The story of The Nutcracker is loosely based on the E.T.A Hoffman fantasy story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King.
Have you been to the Nutcracker Ballet? It’s on my “bucket list of things to do!” It won’t happen this year, but maybe next.
The Blog Hop runs Monday, December 2, 2019 to Friday, December 6, 2019. I’d like to invite you to visit all the bloggers listed below, who are sharing their Christmas table inspiration on the respective days noted. The links will be updated so you may find them here, all in one convenient location.
Once again, a special thanks goes to Chloe Crabtree of the blog, Celebrate and Decorate, for organizing this group. It’s a pleasure to be among them.
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Here’s what you need to create a similar look:
- Nutcracker Dishes here or here or here.
- Nutcracker Doll here or here or here.
- Nutcracker Snow Globe here.
- Nutcracker Candle Holder here.
- Gold Wine Glasses here.
- Gold Chargers here or here or here.
- White Dishes here.
- Gold Silverware here or here.
- Drinking Glasses here or here.
- Table Linens here or here or here.
Don’t forget to head over to Our Crafty Mom and check out her tablescape next.
Thank you for visiting today. I appreciate each and every reader and comment. I’d love to know you stopped by so we might have the chance to get better acquainted.
Don’t forget to go out there and create some thing beautiful.
You can check out my Pinterest Board on Christmas Tablescape Ideas here.