One of the most common sights of this festive season is the candy cane. While I am not a fan of peppermint, I do love the effect this charming tasty candy gives when hanging on the boughs of my Christmas tree. Hmmm… red and white hanging on a tree. I wonder if this is the reason for many poems and tales written about the meaning of this seasonal treat, including a book written by Lori Walburg titled, The Legend of the Candy Cane. Even though Snopes.com dismisses the validity of any legend written, the use of this ordinary minty flavored stick adds such sweetness to the real reason for the season.
The Sweetness of the Candy Cane
Hard Candy – Reminds us that Jesus is like a “ROCK”, strong and dependable
Peppermint Flavor – Is like the gift of spices from the wise men.
White Candy – Stands for Jesus as the holy, sinless Son of God
Cane – Is like a staff used by shepherds in caring for sheep. Jesus is our “Good Shepherd”.
The Letter J. – Is for the name of Jesus, our Savior.
The Color Red – Is for God’s love that sent Jesus, and for Jesus’ love in giving His life for us on the cross.
The Stripes – Reminds us of Jesus’ suffering – His crown of thorns, the wounds in His hands and feet, and the cross on which He died.