The Legend of the Candy Cane
Okay folks, apparently there are stories to Candy Canes that I was totally in the dark about! Have you heard any? As I was crafting today and looking through my designer series paper, I had one with Candy Canes on it. I wanted to create a beautiful Christmas card but also wanted it to have some meaning. As I browsed “The Google” as my kids call it, I came across stories about Candy Canes. I was intrigued to keep reading.
To completely abbreviate the story I liked, Candy Canes were designed to remind folks what Christmas is really all about. (Besides shopping and stuff) According to legend, this candy was designed back in the 18th century where in Europe, it was forbidden to show any signs of Christianity. A Candy Maker wanted to make a candy as a way to teach children the real meaning of Christmas without getting in trouble and that’s how he came up with the Candy Cane.
Whether you are Christian or not, whether you believe the story or not- it’s still very interesting so I wanted to share how the Candy Maker supposedly came up with the Candy Cane.
- The shape is supposed to look like a Shepherd’s staff- Jesus was a shepherd. It’s also in the form of the letter “J”. (for the man himself)
- Jesus is a rock- so the candy is hard to remind the children that “Jesus is their rock”
- The stripes- White for purity and holiness, red for the crucifixion.
- Peppermint was chosen because it was very similar to “hyssop” which was used for sacrifice and purification in the Old Testament.
- It’s to be given as a gift- representing the love of Jesus when he gave us the gift of salvation.
Isn’t it interesting? I hope you enjoyed my little research project today. And that brings us to today’s card, which has Candy Canes on it 🙂 I decided to use the Tin of Tags Project Kit and the matching stamp set ‘cuz they’re so stinking cute!
I hope you enjoyed this project and will come and visit me again!
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