Friday, December 10, 2010

Family Treasures...

Our family has a wonderful collection of nutcrackers. My mother and sister started gifting us with these family treasures about 30 years ago. My sweet husband has also bought me several over the years. Most are from Germany, and they are painted and dressed exquisitely. I thought you might like to browse through the collection. You will see the Nutcracker, the Mouse King, a fur trapper, a chimney sweep, Santa, the three wise men and more...






Huh? Let's take a closer look at that last one...


Although many of our nutcrackers are beautiful and costly, I must admit this one (on the left) holds my heart. It was carved and painted by our son Christopher when he was in the sixth grade. Chris is 23 now, so we've had this treasure for awhile. When Chris was young I would often find him in the garage "creating," and usually that creating had something to do with wood.  We've affectionately named this nutcracker "Frito Bandito" because he has a certain south-of-the-border savoir faire.


Chris spent hours carving Bandito -- not with the latest and greatest wood carving set -- but with a screwdriver! It's amazing what a persistent eleven year old can do with a screwdriver. Frito even has a removable hat for easy storage. That's ingenuity!


We can bauble and decorate our homes with the newest and shiniest things, 
but isn't it true that often our most valuable possessions
are items made in years past by a child's hands? 


 Have a wonderful day!

10 comments:

Amy said...

What a treasure indeed! Motivated by love, we can accomplish great things!

Renee said...

That is AMAZING! What a cool kid.

Taren said...

How sweet! My 3 guys are still little but I find myself saving a few things here and there that just make me smile. I do treasure my nutcracker though. It is shiny and perfect just like I bought him in Germany. I love pulling him out and showing my boys.

Maryam said...

That's so cute. I love the beautiful nut crackers. I like how Chris's one is sorta sheepishly standing there like, "I might be under-dressed. No one told me this was a formal gathering..."

Suzanne said...

Your comment, Maryam, made me laugh out loud. So true!

Melissa said...

Wow!! What an an amazing gift from your son.

I have a collection of nutcrackers that had been in storage for about nine years - I got them out this year. The girls have been enthralled.

AtOneWithHim said...

That is an awesome treasure! I have many things that my kids made me over the years most of what I have out on shelves are pottery type.. like the whistle that looks like a duck, except it has a huge head and tips over... but I love it! My 23 year old still wonders why I love it.

scrapfancy said...

I love it. I have a snowman colletion and my fav is the one my young cousin painted for me one year. Still sits with pride with the others.

The Tote Trove said...

Cute, well-written post! My mother has a huge collection of nutcrackers as well, which she displays every Christmas. Recently she confessed to me that my dad better not buy her any more because she has no place to put them! Also, one year someone gave my grandmother a nutcracker as a pollyanna gift and she said she was so happy to finally have "her own statue" because her daughter has so many! My poor mom still gets embarrassed about that one . . .

Mia said...

I had no idea he made that with a screw driver. What a great gift! Beautiful post.