Craftsmen Sound Alarm Chinese Nutcrackers Threaten Germany's Christmas Tradition

Low-cost imports of nutcrackers pose a risk to the age-old woodcraft of eastern Germany's Erzgebirge region, famous for its Christmas ornaments. The Chinese-made replicas may increasingly look like the real thing -- but don't try cracking a nut with them, warns Germany's chief woodcarver.
Under threat -- German-made nutcrackers at a factory in the eastern village of Seiffen, where many of the crafts are made.

Under threat -- German-made nutcrackers at a factory in the eastern village of Seiffen, where many of the crafts are made.

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