Legend has it that at the turn of the 20th century,
an Indiana man created this striped
peppermint candy that we know as the candy cane.
The Legend of the Candy Cane
A humble man wished to use
his candy making art
to make a Christmas gift for Christ
that came straight from his heart.
First he shaped the candy
into a shepherd’s staff, a “J” –
to stand for the name of Jesus,
who was born on Christmas Day.
He used white stripes to symbolize
Jesus’ virgin birth
and His sinless and purity
during His time on earth.
Finally, he colored the candy
with stripes made out of red,
to represent the scourging
and the blood that Jesus shed.
He had created the Candy Cane,
to remind us during this season
that Christmas is a sweet gift of love –
Jesus is the reason.
But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
May you find God’s sweet love at the heart of your Christmas!