Well, the legend of the candy cane may be old, but it’s old school. Some 17th Century German priest may have solidified some sugar sticks for wee ones to stuff up their cry holes during Mass. But, at least he added a hook for to remind them of the crosier of shepherds’ staff with the crook at the end. Whether that means St. Nicholas or Jesus is moot, cause we have a whole lotta songs about the symbolism of the candy cane and the Savior.
Praise in Motion features children’s proselytization with simple wiggling movements to keep their tiny interests. “Candy Cane Song” is #63 out of 72 such pieces. But women with dead eyes singing about blood flavoring is not my first choice for introducing the innocent to candy.
Not just for kids! “Candy Cane” by Chris Maney is a modulated lesson is messiahology for those who like to find miracles in the mundane. Count the ways we can find Christ in candy and rejoice. (Or be troubled in how white means without sin… hmm, makes me wonder….)
Very similarly, TJ McCloud goes twangy country with “Candy Cane.” This splash of churchy fun appears uncredited on a few albums, it’s free advice. And he allows you might want to eat the thing.
Last word from Surf Nazis. “Jesus was a Candy Cane” applies all our previous lessons but reminding us to lick the stick, well, the symbology changes. Warn the kids.