Will post pics of the nutcrackers I bought this past Christmas, but in the meantime I wanted to get these links to nutcrackers news from Christmas before they fall off google-news' 30-day limit!

490 nutcrackers!
Haven: A Trenton house pops with charm and 490 nutcrackers

Thousands of nutcrackers fill a St. Louis home. How you can take a tour.

Couple’s home filled with Christmas cheer and an explosion of nutcrackers

Someday I'll go here:
Nuremberg home to Germany's ultimate Christmas market

Cradling a cup of hot-spiced wine as a hand warmer, I stroll through Nuremberg's main square. All around me are bundled-up shoppers and kids sampling fresh gingerbread, riding the carousel, listening to roving brass quintets and marvelling at the newest toys.

I'm standing in one of Germany's largest Christmas markets -- 200 wooden stalls crammed with local artisans dealing in all things Christmas. With all these goodies, it's no wonder Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt (christkindlesmarkt.de) attracts more than 2 million people annually.
Nutcrackers Are Not Only for Christmas
Nutcrackers are not only for Christmas even though they are often associated with that time of year. As a follow-up to a recent Guardian Liberty Voice article about how The Nutcracker ballet was inspired by the popular wooden toys, this article focuses on nutcrackers around the world.

The most recognized is the wooden soldier dressed in an 18th or 19th-century uniform, poised as if ready for guard duty. These figurines were carved in the Ore Mountain region between Germany and the Czech Republic, originally as a way to people to have a source of income once the area mines dried up. To this day, most of the wooden soldiers continue to come from Germany while other wooden nutcrackers come from the Tyrolean Alps region of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.