Sunday, December 5, 2010

The container of candy canes sits on my kitchen counter. It presents many moments of temptation for the little ones who pay visits to our home. It's red and white colors add a festive touch to the food vignette I display each Christmas.
Like many traditions, it can come and go without a thought about it's origin, or why it was created.

I read this piece yesterday and it refreshed my mind as to the meaning of these little red and white candies.
"The Candy Maker's Story"
White candy canes have been used to decorate Christmas trees for centuries, but it was not until the early 1900's that the red stripes were added.
The charming story of how a candy maker used the candy cane to symbolize Christ's love is a sweet way to remind your children of the true meaning of Christmas.
~The white part of the candy represents the purity of Jesus.
~The red stripes remind us of Christ's death on the cross.
~The crook at the top looks like a shepherd's staff and helps us remember that shepherds were the first to hear about the Savior's birth.
~Turned upside down, the candy cane looks like the letter J. symbolizing the first letter in Jesus' name."
~taken from the book, "A Keepsake Christmas" by Alice Gray and Susan Wales
Special little reminder of a most popular candy dominating the store shelves this month.

6 comments: said...

I love that story!

I also went back to your last blog and I've already copied some of your always wonderful ideas!! You and I are on the same track... Dollar Tree makes something so beautiful for so little... I always love your ideas Judy. You are so creative and make such beautiful things!

Miss Debbie said...

I went to a ornament exchange many years ago.The ornaments were to be handmade. I made shepherd's crook out of heavy cord and many coats of glue which gave it a nice shiny appearance and stiffened it. I used ribbon as a hanger. Funny thing was no one knew what it was....everyone thought it was a stripe-less candy cane!! I have one hanging on my tree and every year when I hang it, I say to myself..."It looks just like a shepherd's hook to me!!" ha! ha!

Kathleen said...

I love the candy cane story (along with the shamrock story). Simple, "sweet" tellings ...

What a wonderful season for all things tasty - be it peppermint or manna!


lindsey said...

Thanks for sharing the story of the candy cane, I had never heard that before and your pretty bowl looks lovely!

debi said...

Love the candy cane story...never gets old.


Melinda said...

It's interesting that you have apost on this... I too wrote one
on the candy cane last Tuesday.
Great minds think alike. :)



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