By R. Renée Bembry
Nutcrackers can either be ornamental or useable depending on the type in question. Ornamental nutcrackers, like the marching band leader on the left, are intended for decorative purposes. People often display this type of nutcracker during Christmas holidays because many of them are holiday oriented.
Unlike ornamental nutcrackers that usually consist of wooden construction, useable nutcrackers tend to be made from strong metal. Useable nutcrackers are actually used to crack nutshells. Generally, nutcrackers that actually crack nutshells have two handles that connect to a square or rounded upper section. Users places nuts in the nut area and then squeeze the handles to crack the nutshells. This makes cracking and opening nuts for consumption a whole faster and easier than hitting nuts with hard objects or squeezing nuts against one another. After cracking a shell with a nutcracker, all one needs to do is separate the nut from the shell and consume the nut (edible parts)!
Although decorative holiday nutcrackers may not actually crack nuts, they certainly look inviting when meticulously placed around the house!
|Nutcracker Poem |
I’ll always be a nutcracker
Crush almonds in my mouth smacker
So many I’ll lose track of ‘em
Hard shells spur fun for fracturing
Though half my teeth lie flat against my chin
The rest rise and fall each time that you tilt
The handle waiting calmly on my back
To help with every nut I get to crack
Matters not that
My arms are stiff
Rigid legs taught and lifeless
It’s all right that my hands are spheres
My feet stuck to my da-is
The job is clear
I must fulfill
My duty without worry
Thus never shall I hesitate
When nuts enter my muzzle
© R. Renée Bembry
Nutcracker Craft for kids...
Kids can use this model nutcracker duck to make a similar item or change the head design to formulate a different type of anima. :}
Go to Nutcracker Craft HERE...
H O L I D A Y T O D D L E R D O L L S
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