Prairie School of Dance is proud to wish everyone, “Merry Christmas!” this time of year. We’re celebrating the joy of the season that commemorates Jesus’ birth. Please join us this Saturday at Prairie Lutheran Church for our annual Christmas show (Recreational dancers perform at 3pm and Performing Arts dancers at 5:30pm). This joyful event is free and open to the public, seating is first come, first serve.
Next week (Dec. 16 -21) marks another special tradition for PSOD: Parent Observation Week. Please join us during class time to see just how hard these dancers work (and how much fun they have, too!) Cameras are welcome. Students look forward to another tradition during this busy week; for years they have received a candy cane from their teacher. Sure, we love to spoil our dancers with a little sugar once a year, but the candy cane also points to the true meaning of Christmas.
If you’re not familiar with the candy cane’s origin, here’s the account shared by Wikipedia:
According to a popular account, in 1672, in Cologne,Germany. the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church during the Living Crèche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them. In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to infant Jesus.
In addition, he used the white colour of the converted sticks to teach children about the Christian belief in the sinless life of Jesus. From Germany, the candy canes spread to other parts of Europe, where they were handed out during plays reenacting the Nativity.
A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.
So, be sure to grab your candy cane next week and Merry Christmas from all your teachers and staff at Prairie School of Dance!