Life Size Christmas Toy Soldiers
Many people were first introduced to life size toy soldier decorations with The Nutcracker Suite. The libretto is a Christmas classic, but that wasn’t always the case. Based on the story by Prussian author E.T.A Hoffman, the 1892 ballet tells the tale of a young girl’s favorite Christmas nutcracker soldier who comes to life to save her from the evil Mouse King, and then takes her away to a magical land inhabited by dolls. While the original production of the ballet was not a success, the suite that Tchaikovsky took from it was widely popular. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the ballet itself became well-liked and widely performed. Ever since, the life size toy soldier has been a Christmas staple, with countless adaptations over the years.
What is it that makes the story of the nutcracker so appealing? Perhaps it’s the element of fantasy. When the Nutcracker Prince whisks young Clara away to the land of dolls, he transports us along with them to an altogether different place and time. What is more magical than Christmastime? Perhaps it’s that it is a largely secular tale that can be enjoyed by all people, regardless of religion or creed. Regardless of reason, it is clear that the Christmas toy soldier is here to stay.
Before the ballet and story, nutcrackers were routinely given as gifts--though not necessarily for Christmas. Gradually, the gift of the Christmas nutcracker soldier became tradition. Today, the mere sight of a life size toy soldier conjures up images of flocked Christmas trees, carollers, and Christmas fairies. With its traditional red military jacket, tall hat and boots, the giant toy soldier has become a sure symbol of the holiday season.
While nutcrackers were traditionally reserved as gifts for only the most special of occasions, now you can have your very own Christmas toy soldiers to usher in the holidays. While smaller nutcrackers have long been a holiday tradition, maintaining their post on the branches of the Christmas tree, it has only been in recent times that the life size toy soldier has gained popularity.
Lifesize toy soldier decorations are perfect for adorning entrances and stairways or enhancing any outdoor ornamental display. While the giant toy soldiers are typically considered outdoor ornaments, they can also bring some holiday flair indoors. Place them next to the mantle, on stairs, or under the Christmas tree to instantly transform your home or business into a sophisticated winter wonderland. Combined with shimmering lights and freshly fallen snow, there’s no more iconic image of the Christmas season.
With several types of Christmas toy soldiers available, there are countless possibilities to match your personal style and decor. Whether you have a giant 2D wooden nutcracker soldier standing guard at your front door, or a regiment of 3D light up outdoor toy soldiers keeping a watchful eye over your outdoor ornaments, there’s no doubt that the nutcracker is a vital addition to any Christmas display.
Let your imagination take you away to a magical land with marching Christmas Toy Soldiers and dancing Sugar Plum Fairies. Where do your dreams take you? Life-size outdoor nutcracker soldiers can make your most fantastic Christmas visions come true.
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