The Legend of the Candy Cane

 A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker then shaped his cane into the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down to to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like 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. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

The candy became known as a Candy Cane – a decoration seen at Christmas time. The meaning has faded, but still gives joy to children young and old, whom Jesus loves and treasures.

5 responses to “The Legend of the Candy Cane

  1. I’ve heard this story before, but I still enjoy it. Just like I still enjoy the legend of Santa Claus, and “A Christmas Carol.” I never tire of it.

    Thanks for the post, Pepper. ;-D

  2. Great looking site. Love the symbolism of the Candy Cane and have used that in my Sunday School classes. Lisa

  3. I’m a children’s Church Dir. and a Sunday School Teacher. I’m always looking for new ideas for lessons and well you know the list goes on and on. Just always in need of ideas for something. As I have looked over you site I will be returning and I have you marked on my favorites. I know God will Bless You for all you do at this site.
    Thank You and God Bless,
    JoAnn Higginbotham

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