Ever hear the story behind the meaning of Christmas candy canes?
It's a lovely story that can be used to help remind us of our Lord and Savior during the Christmas season.
I heard about the legend of the candy cane years ago. From what I can discover through research, the "Christian" candy cane meaning is not necessarily accurate.
The original candy cane may NOT have been made by a Christian candy maker specifically to represent the Lord Jesus, as the "legend" suggests. 😉But the maker may certainly have been a Christian, regardless. It's almost impossible to know one way or the other by now.
It's also difficult to discover who really originated the making of the first candy cane. From what I can tell, candy canes first came on the scene in the late 1600's. They were plain white sugar sticks in the early days before the stripes were added.
In spite of the fact that the legend is more like folklore, the candy cane can be used in a beautiful way to represent the love and sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
For years, my husband and I have printed out and distributed little cards with the Christian meaning of Christmas candy canes, attaching a candy cane to each one. They have been enjoyed and appreciated by children and adults alike.
This link is a pdf version of The Legend of the Candy Cane that you can download and print out quite easily. I print and laminate them so they can be used as bookmarks, fridge magnets, etc.
I hope that will help you if you want to share this story with a group of people during the holiday season.
While I'm at it, here's another little poem relating to the candy cane and Jesus. I thought you might like it, too.
Short and sweet, isn't it?
Okay, back to the Legend of the Candy Cane story.
Whether or not this tale is the true candy cane meaning, it
presents us as believers with a simple opportunity to share a little bit
of the Gospel story with those we meet during the Christmas season, while their hearts are often a bit more open and receptive to thinking about and talking about Jesus.
May the Lord bless you as you share your faith in Christ with others!