When I think of the holidays, I think of all of the places I have been priviledged to see the ballet "The Nutcracker."
Starting as a ballet dancer as a youngster - I played a snowflake before I had ever seen snow - the costumes, staging and music all bring back memories of different stages of my life.
Nutcrackers were also a practical part of our holiday tradition. Mom always "treated" us to a bowl of unshelled nuts during Christmas. My brothers and I would sit around the kitchen table with a nutcracker, shelling the nuts and catching up with our adventures while we were apart.
This little vintage metal nutcracker reminded me of the ballet.
At the same thrift store where I found this nutcracker, there was another more practical nutcracker also marked vintage.
Do you use the simple, metal nutcracker in your kitchen?