I was surprised to open my door to a group of carolers last night, who were dressed in the style of early 1900’s clothing. I was delighted by their beautiful voices and the traditional music of the season. That was gift enough, but when they were done, I was handed
a candy cane attached to a card and that’s when I learned something about the candy cane that I never knew. This is the Legend of the Candy Cane.
The outside of the card read, “The greatest gift of all came one night in a lowly manger…”
The inside read, “According to the legend, there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ. The result was the candy cane. First of all he used a hard candy, because Christ is the Rock of all ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble either a J for Jesus or a shepherd’s staff.
He made it white to represent the purity of Christ. Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood of Christ shed for the sins of the world and three thinner stripes for the stripes he received on our behalf when Roman soldiers whipped him.
Sometimes a green stripe was added as a reminder that Jesus is a Gift from God. The flavor of peppermint is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is in the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. Jesus is the Pure Lamb of God come to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
So the next time you see a candy cane, hear the sermon it preaches: Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, is the Rock of all ages who suffered and died for our sins.”
I want to thank those dear carolers not only for their gift of song, but also being a “sweet” testimony to Christ and for sharing this legend with me.