#70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes

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70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes

#70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes
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Do you recognize these lyrics?

I borrowed a few words for AmperArt #70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes from this song that was popular when I was growing up:

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
by Meredith Willson

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five & ten glistening once again
With candy canes & silver lanes aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev’ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots & a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney & Ben;
Dolls that will talk & will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice & Jen;
& Mom & Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
& the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Song from 1951

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”¬†¬†was¬†written in 1951 (the year this¬†AmperArtist was born) by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. It¬†has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como &¬†The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 10, 1951, &¬†released on RCA Victor as a 45 &¬†a 78 (kids, you know what that means? ‚ÄĒno, it’s not pixels per inch). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played. ‚ÄĒfrom Wikipedia

Although I’m glad I found a song with the lyrics Candy Canes & Silver Lanes in the first stanza, I like the middle part best where the melody changes, playfully &¬†humorously describing how the holiday affects the kids &¬†parents.

Origin of the Candy Cane

According to folklore, in 1670, in Cologne, Germany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church on¬†Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them.¬†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.¬†‚ÄĒadapted¬†from Wikipedia; full story here


“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” vividly describes the Christmases I remember as a kid: the candy canes & silver lanes¬†(I think that’s describing the silver garland decorating store aisles),¬†the five-&-ten (we called it a dime store & they actually had lots of stuff for a dime, a nickel, even penny candy. Duncan’s was very conveniently located on our path¬†to and from school.)

Christmas to me used to shimmer with¬†lots of silver: the tinsel which my mother so carefully placed¬†onxmas cookie silver balls the tree; the shiny little round nonpareils on the Christmas cookies that she baked (a decoration that was¬†always special to me,¬†but they’ve been discontinued due to the ingredients¬†‚ÄĒ funny, no one’s dead that I know of from eating them); and of course, the aluminum Christmas trees popular in the 1960s, with their¬†magical color wheels. Yes, we had one, as well as white flocked, pink sprayed, &¬†then plain ol’ artificial green throughout the years. The year we went back to a real tree somehow felt more like Christmas again.

Merry Christmas to you, my AmperArt Subscriber.

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Production notes for #70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes:
Original size: 14.6 x 22 inches
Programs: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop
Font: Varicka
Ampersand: Illustration by Chaz DeSimone
Credits for #70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes:
Background: psdgraphics.com, modified
Cookie: amazon.com (sure wish I had one of Mom’s to photograph, then eat)

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Chaz DeSimone

Design. Dancing. Disneyland. Modernism. Nudism. Black Cats or any other color.

2 thoughts on “#70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes

  1. Oh Chaz, this is a WONDERFUL piece and a beautiful post! I especially enjoyed the memories of the cookies your Mom baked, which is one of my favorite Christmas memories, too!
    I really appreciated seeing the lyrics to this song, also. I always sang along to the beginning few lines but never knew the remaining lyrics so this was a treat! And, of course, I enjoyed reading about the origin of the Candy Cane…really nice! Thank you, my friend, for all you do to bless us with your talent in art, design and writing!

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