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In the 19th century, nutcrackers began being sold as children’s toys in Christmas markets. The most popular designs during this time were harlequins and soldiers. One of these soldier nutcrackers became the protagonist of E.T.A. Hoffman’s novel The Nutcracker and the King of Mice , which subsequently inspired Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and The Nutcracker ballet.

In America, the nutcracker as a collector’s item first gained popularity in the 1950s, when American GIs returning from Germany brought the colorful nutcrackers home with them. During the same period, The Nutcracker ballet’s popular success also sparked interest in the colorful wooden toy.

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Whatever the origin, I love Nutcrackers. For some reason I became fascinated with them when I was little and once had a nice collection of Nutcracker ornaments. Over the years most of them have broken, so maybe I should start a new collection. This one would make a great start!

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Disney Princess Unit of the Soundsational Section of the Parade
Image by Castles, Capes & Clones
Taken on November 5, 2011 during the taping of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special on Main Street USA, Disneyland (Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA)

This year, they incorporated a few of the floats of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

Guests were very excited to see the inclusion of the princes on the Soundsational Princess float.

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