The Legend of the Candy Cane
His answer, the candy cane. The candy cane was in the shape of a shepherd’s staff to show them that Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His flock. Upside down the candy cane was a “J”, the first letter of Jesus’ name. It was made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the rock of our salvation. The wide red stripes on the candy cane were to represent the blood He shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. The three narrow stripes on the candy canes symbolized that by His stripes, or wounds, we are healed.
The flavoring in the candy cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice just as Jesus sacrificed His life for ours. The old candy maker told the children that when we break our candy cane it reminds us that Jesus’ body was broken for us. If we share our candy cane and give some to someone else in love, it represents the love of Jesus. God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus. He loved us so much He wants us to spend eternity with Him!
Legend is an old English word meaning “probably not true” and although we may never know if this legend is really true, the beauty of the legend is such a reminder of God’s eternal love for us all!
My Christmas wish is that God grant us all the light of Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
12/7/2021 07:54:05 pm
Sweet blog, Chris. Monday morning, a young student had to pause in the foyer as his dad explained that the candy cane he had for or with, breakfast needed to be cleaned off his visage. Thank you for these thoughts to recall as I stir one into my coffee or cocoa.
12/8/2021 09:27:22 am
A truly beautiful depiction. Thanks.
12/8/2021 02:27:50 pm
Thank you for sharing that very sweet story about the candy cane. I learned a lot from your story. I won't take candy canes for granted any more. I miss seeing you in person at church and hope you're doing okay.
12/9/2021 07:40:59 am
Thank you Chris - We miss you!
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