This Saturday, October 30th, Gunther Ulbricht, grandson of the founder of the Christian Ulbricht nutcracker company, will be at Christmas Place for an exclusive signing from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Founded in 1928 by Otto Ulbricht, the company uses native German woods in the creation of their exquisite, hand-crafted nutcrackers and smokers. The Ulbricht company has provided us with a charming history of the nutcracker:
“No one knows where the first nutcracker was born, or even what he looked like. Various accounts place his date of birth in the 17th or 18th century. His was not a celebrated birth, so perhaps he’s been around much longer.
“One can imagine him being carved during the long winter nights before Christmas. No doubt he was ready in time for the Christmas feasts, where nuts are as traditional as apples and gingerbread. Many early Nutcrackers are fashioned as kings, generals, and policemen. The carvers were delighted to find a practical use for such stern authority figures.
“In the early 1800’s, Nutcrackers were popular in German fairytales. In these stories, Nutcrackers have magical powers for doing good. They come alive when needed and perform miracles for those who believe in them. Tchaikovsky was inspired by one such tale to create “The Nutcracker Suite”, which made Nutcrackers famous the world over.
“Today, a Nutcracker’s mere presence is enough to bring good luck to those who believe in him. You must realize that their large teeth and stern countenance are necessary to ward off evil spirits. At heart, Nutcrackers are only interested in your welfare and happiness. At Holiday times especially, the Nutcracker’s calm, upstanding presence assures one and all that nothing bad will happen; and that it will be a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.“
Like Clara in The Nutcracker, kids enjoy playing with nutcrackers, and the Ulbricht collection are truly heirloom quality pieces. If Christian Ulbricht nutcrackers are already a part of your collection, you may bring in up to two to have signed by Gunther on Saturday.
See you on Saturday!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place