Thursday, December 8, 2011

THE STORY OF THE CANDY CANE

Ah, the smell of peppermint...always fresh, tasty, and brings to mind Christmas. The endearing sticks of candy may look very simple, but suggest an awesome symbolic birth.

I'd like to share it with you as my Christmas gift in words. Perhaps some of you already know the legend of the candy cane. If not, sit back and enjoy my sweet treat for everyone.

     There once was a candy maker who wanted to make a candy that would be very special for Christmas. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy to symbolize that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary who was pure and holy. He made it hard and crunchy to show the solid rock on which the church is founded. The top is bent over like a shepherd’s staff because Jesus called himself “The Good Shepherd”. The candy maker also remembered the first people who came to worship Jesus at the manger were shepherds.  He looked at the plain white design and decided to add red because Jesus went through terrible torture before he died and was whipped across his back. The candy maker hoped the red stripes would remind everybody Jesus shed His blood for us when He died on the cross on Good Friday.
      Even though he was proud of his accomplishment, he wasn’t actually satisfied.  So, the man prayed, “Dear Jesus, help me make my candy cane show the true meaning of Christmas.” 
      Suddenly, the piece of candy slipped from his hand and fell upside down on the floor. At that moment, he saw it no longer as a piece of hardened sugar, but the letter “J”.  "Jesus! Jesus is really what Christmas is all about!"

~HELP US NOT FORGET THE TRUE REASON FOR THE SEASON~
~MAY GOD ABUNDENTLY BLESS YOU AND YOURS~

1 comment:

Caddy "Pims" Rowland said...

ALthought I am familiar with this candy cane history, it is always nice to hear it. Thanks for posting it!