I’ll close the holiday season with a farewell to my seasonal nutcrackers, but much of the collection is visible year round in my home. I’ve posted a bookshelf display of what could be considered my heritage collection of Scottish pipers and a couple of England’s Henry VIII.

The Henrys date from Christmas of 2005, when I had just returned from the family estate of Princess Diana. Her family entered the line of nobility when her ancestor Sir John Spencer was knighted by Henry VIII. Now, of course, her children are Royalty. Maybe I’ll purchase nutcrackers of them one day.

Nutcrackers. Photo by Shara Fryer. 

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