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Tom Haase prepared a new second rocking horse nutcracker for the float
In year two, Tom & John decided to incorporate a second nutcracker. This Blue Soldier is mounted on a traditional Erzgebirge Rocking Horse!
The 2nd rocking horse nutcracker is modeled after a traditional Erzgevirgische design and rocks back and forth
The heads of both nutcrackers are shaped from solid foam blocks Animation had the jaw of the Large Red Soldier moving open & closed as well as the Blue fellow rocking back & forth. Added this year was also a music system and marine speakers that played Tschaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.
Approximately three weeks of effort to assemble the float.

Our second effort was displayed in the TDS Metrocom Green Bay Parade, the Kiwanis Little Chute Parade, the Kaukauna Parade as well as the 30th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.

The Annual Downtown Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime Christmas parade in Wisconsin and is sponsored by Appleton Downtown, Inc.
Christmas Resources   Christmas Parades
Makaroff Youth Ballet
     The Makaroff Youth Ballet will collaborate with the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the Fox Valley Symphony and the White Heron Chorale to bring the beloved Nutcracker to the PAC stage on December 6th-7th, 2014!
Nutcracker in the Castle
     The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine "castle" whith the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved ballet. Special actor-guided tours with live music and youth ballet performances further bring the fantasy to life. (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
The Nutcracker Tour - Europe
     If you are looking for a very special Christmas Tour then join Helga & Jack van Horn on their Nutcracker Tour. It is a very unique, leisurely, festive and such a favorite, that they escort it themselves. 14 days of wonder in Bavaria, Saxony and Prague in the Czech Republic.
     This magazine presents informative, researched aticles into the background of Christmas ornaments - their history, technology, folklore, and the people responsible for their design & production. Issues spotlight a variety of ornament manufacturers, both large & small, glass and non-glass from antiques through contemporary offerings.
The Golden Glow of Christmas Past
     The Golden Glow is a club for collectors of antique Christmas items with an emphasis on early, pre-1966 collectibles. Founded in 1980 by Jerry Ehernberger, the club has over 1000+ members all over the country and around the world.
Captain Jack's Tree Farm Network
     This is your source when you need to find where to go in your state to find REAL Christmas Trees!
Christmas Magazine
     This delightful Christmas website holds Decorating tips, Entertaining Ideas, as well as sources for truly unique gifts. Created by Esther and Klaus Schönwandt from Vancouver, Canada, it was launched in 1999 and also has an alternative German language site. Five Stars!
Christmas Shopping
Christian Ulbricht GmbH & Co.
     Examine the New 2011 Introductions as well as the complete line of nutcrackers, smokers and wooden ornaments from Ulbricht, our favorite traditional German manufacturer. We can typically special order anything you might see from Ulbricht that we don't have in stock.
Inge-glas ® of Germany
     This fine manufacturer of German hand-blown glass ornaments has their own site where you can view their showroom displays and find retailers near you who sell these mouth blown ornaments. Each is adorned with the easily recognizable Star Crown ".
Steinbach GmbH
     Visit with Karolin and Karla Steinbach, Sign their guestbook and view the newest nutcracker desgins from their German factories.
Tannenbaum Holiday Shop
     Although we don't carry Christopher Radko Ornaments, this delightful Christmas shop located in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin stocks a wonderful selection. They also carry a broad selection of the current Old World Christmas ornaments and Byers Choice Carolers.
The Wreath Factory at Otter Creek
     With locations in Plymouth and Menasha, Wisconsin, this is your best source for fine greenery and decor for your home during the holidays! The downtown Menasha location opened in 2006 by owners Jeff Buser & Michael Beeck.
The German Christmas Shop - UK
     For all of our UK friends that would rather find these rich collectibles closer to home... We share this wonderful shop located in Skipton, Yorkshire, England.
Wonder in Wood is the only Christmas Shop in England specialising in woodcraft from the Erzgebirge in Germany. They have the largest selection of genuine German Christmas Decorations.