Christmas is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the music, the twinkling lights and all of the decorations that go along with it. I have a hard time not eating all of the tasty meals and treats that are special to the Christmas spirit. As a child, it was a magical time for me. Growing up, we were taught that the true meaning of Christmas could be found in everything. One of my favorites is the Legend of the Candy Cane.
In the late 1800s, the candy cane was introduced by a candy maker somewhere in Indiana. He wanted to make a candy that could symbolize the true meaning of Christmas.
He started out with a stick of pure white to symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus Christ. The hardiness of the candy was to represent Jesus as the Solid Rock, the foundation of the church and the firmness of the promises of God.
The white stripes on the candy cane represent the purity of Christ. The small red stripes symbolize the scourging of Jesus before he hung on the Cross. The large red stripes show the blood that Jesus shed for each of us on the Cross that day.
The shape of the candy cane was important too. When you stand it up, it represents the shepherd’s staff because Jesus is the “good shepherd”. If you turn it upside down, you will recognize the letter “J” for the first letter of Jesus’ name.
So, when you enjoy a candy cane this year remember the sacrifice that Jesus suffered for each of us to be saved.
There's a poem that was written for the little children to remember the "reason for the season is Jesus". It goes like this:
Candy Cane Poem
Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the bloodshed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!