The Candy Cane That Keeps on Giving


The holiday seasons are approaching at a rapid rate, and the candy that everyone has in their house or hanging as an ornament on a tree is a candy cane. Is the candy cane more than just a holiday candy? Looking past the surface, the candy cane carries a message and story that is the greatest gift of all.

The candy cane originated in Germany about 250 years ago. A story says that a choirmaster in 1670 was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service. He invented the candy cane to give to the children, keeping them calm and occupied.

The shape and the colors signify something powerful. The shape can represent either a shepherd's crook or “J’ to represent Jesus.

Also very important and interesting are the two twisting colors of the cane. The white of the cane represents the purity of Jesus Christ. The red stripes are for the blood He shed when He died on the cross.

One interesting part of the candy cane that is related is the flavor. A question that arises is how the flavor can be relatable? The peppermint flavor can represent the hyssop plant that was used for purifying in the Bible. These principles can give new perspectives to life and how things are more than what they seem. The candy cane really does keep on giving.