Nutcracker Tradition in our Family - I buy one to remember what my children have done that year ... Baseball - son was the slugger on his team, Mouse - our trip to Disney, king - love of playing Chess, rifle - dove hunting, girl - when we had a foster child, pirate - love of the Pirates of Caribbean movies... They enjoy waiting to see which one I will find next. I write their name and year on the bottom. They cover the whole mantle.