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- The Legend of the Candy Cane
- Many years ago, a candymaker wanted to make a candy at Christmas time
that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate
several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus.
- He began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize
the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the
solid rock, the foundation of the Church; firmness to represent the promise
- The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent
the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought it could
also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which he reached down
into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all
sheep, have gone astray.
- Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained
it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of
the scourging Jesus received, by which we are healed. The large red stripe
was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the
promise of eternal life.
- Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane — a meaningless
decoration seen at Christmas time. But the true meaning is still there
for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
- [Information adapted from material by Retail
Confectioners International - reprinted from the Dec/Jan 1997/98 Kettle
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