That's Jeffervescent!

The Nutcracker Squeak

That’s Jeffervescent! – by Jefferson Airplane



This is our Nutcracker Christmas toy.

It is the only Christmas toy we are allowed before the tree goes up 27th November. We are not even allowed to try out our new reindeer blankies before then.

But this Nutcracker toy is very special.

First of all, he is the only Christmas toy who has managed to evade the “until next Christmas” toy box in the cupboard two years in a row.

And second of all, he squeaks!

And third of all, he is a stretch tug toy, so he brings us all together!

And finally and most importantly of all, he came all the way from a wonderful pal in the USA who sent him to Finnegan for what was to be his last Christmas.

A special present with a lot of love … this Nutcracker is a very special toy indeed.

Nutcrackers are featuring prominently this time of year, ever since a man called Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann wrote about them in 1816 in a story called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. And a little while later, a man called Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote some tunes for it and people danced to his tunes for the first time in 1892. And ever since then those tunes have been in almost every good Christmas movie. I think that’s the longest anyone’s music has been in the charts.

Anyway, in Hoffmann’s story, all the toys come to life one Christmas Eve and the Nutcracker leads them against the mice. The mice try to take the Nutcracker prisoner, but seven-year old Marie throws a slipper at the Mouse King and then faints (in fact she faints quite a few times in the story, so she probably needs more Christmas candy). Fortunately, we have four cats, so I think even if the mice in the garden do turn up to try and take all our toys prisoner then the cats will sort them out. Anyway, Marie promises to love the Nutcracker, breaks the curse, the Nutcracker comes to life and marries Marie, and they go and live in the doll kingdom.

I think the moral of the story is, make sure you eat enough Christmas candy if you start to feel faint, otherwise you will end up living in a toybox.

A Nutcracker who squeaks? That’s Jeffervescent!


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