Musketeers and Christmas may not have much of a connection on the surface. But they are more tightly tied together than you might think.
Quite simply, musketeers refer to soldiers that carry muskets. They were an important part of early modern warfare. In recent times, muskets have been replaced by rifles making musketeers somewhat obsolete.
However, musketeers are still an important part of history. They have been immortalized in the 3 Musketeers movie. In the movie, the musketeers are meant to be the French King’s elite guards. They were known for their courtly, and often time hilarious behavior.
Musketeers also remain in the public eye as they are often used in holiday design. This article will discuss their role in the holiday season.
Musketeers and Christmas: What’s the Connection?
You might wonder what it is that connects musketeers and Christmas? Was there a 3 Musketeer’s Christmas movie? A three musketeer Christmas character?
No, the connection lies in that musketeers are often used as nutcracker decorations.
Nutcrackers come in many shapes and materials. But the ones referred to here are wood-carved ones made predominantly in Germany and often integrated in holiday designs.
According to tradition, nutcrackers are often carved to resemble some sort of folk figure. Soldiers are a popular nutcracker subject. Therefore, it’s not unusual to see a nutcracker shaped like a musketeer.
Nutcrackers are integrated into holiday design thanks to the popular Nutcracker ballet. If you purchase a musketeer nutcracker, you may end up making musketeers part of your seasonal décor.
The musketeer theme is also integrated into smokers. These can be displayed during the holiday season. They can be used to burn incense that will transform your home with a scent that speaks the spirit of Christmas.
How to Integrate Musketeer Nutcrackers into Your Holiday Design
Hand carved nutcrackers are mainly used for decorative purposes. You can place them on any surface of your home. They will look terrific on a mantle, on a shelf and when used as a centerpiece. You can display them on their own or pair them with other nutcrackers and figurines to make them part of a holiday scene.
You can also tie a ribbon or wire on to the top of a nutcracker and hang in on your tree. It will give your branches a terrific vintage flair.
The musketeer-Christmas tie may seem like a stretch, but when you see how important of a role musketeers play in holiday design, you will start to see the potential. They make a terrific addition to your traditional seasonal looks. Will you be adding one to this year’s display?