We always hang candy canes on the tree. Any children who visit during the month take one home. Sometimes I buy several boxes of different flavors. This year they are all standard red/white peppermint candy canes.
Not this year! We recently got a new dog, a german shephard, and I don't doubt that she would take down the tree to eat whatever was on it. Usually I would put candy canes since our other dog, who we have had for years, is too short to realize they are there.
We always put a variety of candy canes up, kind of a guessing game for everyone to pick one. I always buy them so know what's what, but won't ever tell. Last year I got ones that had cute disney ornaments attached to them for my son, niece, and nephew.