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Steinbach Christmas Traditions Nutcracker Series
In 2006 Steinbach was thrilled to announce the Christmas Traditions Series, taking on beloved Christmas traditions. This series is inspired by famous traditions ranging from mistletoe to the Christmas pickle!

Candy Cane Choir Master (ES1907) Nutcracker

According to folklore, in 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany handed out sugar sticks to the parishioners to help pass the time during the long Living Crèche ceremony. In honor of this occasion he had the candies bent into shepherd’s crooks. Later in 1847, a German-Swedish immigrant named August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decorated a small blue spruce with paper ornaments and candy canes. It wasn't until the turn of the century that the red and white stripes and peppermint flavors became the norm. The clergyman’s custom of handing out candy canes during Christmas service spread throughout Europe and later to America.

The first of the Steinbach Christmas Traditions Nutcracker Series, the Candy Cane Choir Master (ES1907) was revealed in 2006. This nutcracker is stylishly dressed with a black velvet hat decorated with pearls and feathers. A fur-trimmed cape covers his silky red coat and in one hand he holds a candy can just for you. Included in this limited edition (7,500 pieces) nutcracker is the story of “How The Candy Can Became a Tradition of Christmas.”

 

Candy Cane Choir Master (ES1907) Nutcracker  

Christmas Pickle (ES1927) Nutcracker

The Christmas Pickle (ES1927) is the second addition to the Steinbach Christmas Traditions Nutcracker Series and was introduced in 2007. This nutcracker holds a pickle in his left hand and a decorated tree in his right. The traditional pickle will be placed in the tree and the first child to find it will have the joy of opening presents first. The Christmas Pickle nutcracker was a limited edition piece of 5,000.

 

Christmas Pickle (ES1927) Nutcracker  

Santa with a Pineapple Symbol of Hospitality (ES1926) Nutcracker

The Third addition to the Steinbach Christmas Traditions Nutcracker Series is the Santa with a Pineapple Symbol of Hospitality (ES1926). The pineapple that he carries is a symbol of good cheer, warmth and family affection all the signs of the Christmas spirit. As tradition states, people would bring a pineapple as a gift when meeting someone for the first time. This nutcracker will welcome all old and new visitors into your home no matter what season it is. Santa with a Pineapple Symbol of Hospitality is a limited edition piece with 5,000 pieces available.

 

Santa with a Pineapple Symbol of Hospitality (ES1926) Nutcracker  

Mistletoe Santa (ES1925) Nutcracker

The Fourth addition, added in 2009, to the Steinbach Christmas Traditions Nutcracker Series is the Mistletoe Santa (ES1925) Nutcracker. According to Christmas tradition any male or female who meet under the mistletoe are obligated to kiss. This custom comes from Scandinavian origin. Mistletoe is the plant of peace in Scandinavian history. According to tradition if enemies met by chance in a forest they are to lay down their weapons and maintain a truce until the following day. This custom has led to the current practice of kissing under the mistletoe.

 

Mistletoe Santa (ES1925) Nutcracker  

St. Francis with Creche Scene (ES1924) Nutcracker

The Fifth addition that was added in 2010 to the Steinbach Christmas Traditions Nutcracker Series is the St. Francis with Creche Scene (ES1924) Nutcracker. The crèche is a depiction of the birth of Jesus as described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Saint Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene in 1223. The crèche he created was a “living one” with live animals and people. He was inspired to create the crèche after visiting the Holy Land and being shown Jesus’ birthplace. Through the crèche St Francis hoped to spread the message of hope for the world.

St. Francis with Creche Scene (ES1924) Nutcracker  

Gingerbread Maker (ES1908 and ES1908SIG) Nutcracker


The tradition of decorating gingerbread houses during the Christmas season is believed to have originated in Germany some 200 years ago. A festive and fun way to bring the family together, gingerbread houses can be used as holiday treats or as holiday décor. The 6th member of the Christmas Traditions series, this Steinbach Gingerbread Baker stands at 17” and is a limited edition of 4,000 pieces.

Gingerbread Maker (ES1908 and ES1908SIG) Nutcracker  

Christmas Cheer Santa (ES1923) Nutcracker

The tradition of a toast with family and friends at Christmas is illustrated in Steinbach’s new “Christmas Cheer” nutcracker, the 7th in the Christmas Traditions series. This Santa Claus is holding two golden drinking vessels and is ornately dressed in red, green, and gold. This nutcracker is a limited edition of 5,000 pieces. Like all of Steinbach's creations, he is hand-crafted in Germany with the finest care and attention to detail.

Christmas Cheer Santa (ES1923) Nutcracker  

Santa Chef (ES1956) Nutcracker

The Steinbach Christmas Traditions series celebrates beloved holiday traditions that are passed down throughout the years. The 8th piece in this beloved series embodies the tradition of the Christmas dinner with a festively dressed chef. Wearing a red holly-adorned apron and white chef’s hat and standing on a classic black and white checkerboard kitchen-style floor, this jolly chef is holding a delicious looking Christmas ham.

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Santa Chef (ES1956) Nutcracker
Released 2014
 
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