Set this nutcracker shoppe keepsake, crafted from 3/4" thick wood on a shelf, desk, or ledge above your windows or doors. Group it with other Cat's Meow keepsakes to create your own "little world". Designer, Faline Jones, drew upon her many attendances of Nutcracker Ballet performances to design this 12-piece collection depicting scenes of the ballet as they unfold.
Back description: According to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to a family and protect their home. They were whimsical conversation pieces and very functional in social settings as guests lingered over the dessert course which included pecans and hazelnuts. The legend of the nutcracker lives on as a holiday tradition in Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" performed as a ballet throughout the world.
The Nutcracker Ballet Christmas Story was first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. The ballet is an adaptation of “The Nutcracker And The Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman. It was first performed in the United States by the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1944, and popularized by the New York City Ballet in 1954. This traditional Christmas ballet unfolds a story of a family’s Christmas Eve celebration and revolves around Clara, the daughter, who “awakens” to the world of romantic love.