Decorative nutcrackers — most often resembling a toy soldier, but available in countless other characters — are synonymous with the Christmas season. Why? It’s a story whose origins predate Christmas itself. And whose history involves a mining town, Napoleon, dance theater, and World War two. So…let’s get crackin’!

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Author: Brian Earl
Title: Backstory — Nutcrackers
Christmas Past

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