A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated 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 firmness of the promises of God.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our savior. It also represents the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches 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 candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used the
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 Jesus on the Cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life, if only we put our faith and trust in Him.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as a Candy cane - a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who
"have eyes to see and ears to hear".
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A Story of the Candy Cane. Award winning Christmas picture book on the LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE. A special visitor helps the
Candy maker find a way to share the real meaning of Christmas.
This Christmas book features creative ideas for family and classroom activities along with celebration suggestions which will be enjoyed by all ages. Includes a one-page explanation of the Meaning of the Candy Cane with corresponding Scripture verses. Click here to see a sample.
A number of churches have featured this story in their
children's Christmas programs, for their women's Christmas party, and for a special
children's Christmas activity. Additional activity ideas and crafts are also available to Christian Education Leaders and teachers.
Available in CD format too!