Decorative Christmas Nutcrackers come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, colors, styles, and themes at Christmas Central. Wooden carved Nutcrackers have been known to exist at least as far back as the 15th Century. The most common of these carvings have taken the form of a Soldier, Knight, and a King. The first nutcrackers originally came from Germany and were thought to be guardians because of their strong and intimidating appearance. These nutcrackers have a large mouth that the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the Nutcracker. Originally the Nutcrackers had a practical ability to crack nuts open. More modern adaptations are primarily for decorative purposes. Hand Crafted and Hand Painted by German Artisans, Steinbach Nutcrackers deliver old world craftsmanship that is second to none. If you are looking for something a little different we also carry an immense assortment of novelty Nutcrackers at Christmas Central that are sure to delight for many holidays to come.