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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ruby Tuesday #13 - Christmas Theme

Make Time for Small Reflections
This is my 13th Ruby Tuesday
The Legend of the Candy Cane
Found & 'snagged' from An Archies Musings

According to Richard, his wife Gina came across the legend and he enjoyed reading it even as he realized it was probably not true. I pass it on and leave it to YOU to decide for yourself. If you enjoyed this, I suspect you'll also like the rest of Richard's blog and hope you'll check it out when time permits.

The legend says that there was a time in Europe when any public display of Christianity was forbidden. No crosses or Bibles were allowed. One old man, a candy maker by profession, was very upset by this. He loved God and couldn't stand to not share that love with others. He prayed for God to show him some way to make Christmas gifts for the children which would teach them the story of Christ.


His answer was the candy cane. The candy cane was in the shape of a shepherd’s staff to show them that Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His flock. Upside down the candy cane was a "J", the first letter of Jesus' name. It was made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the rock of our salvation. The wide red stripes on the candy cane were to represent the blood He shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. The three narrow red stripes on the candy canes symbolized that by His stripes, or wounds, we are healed.


The flavoring in the candy cane was peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice just as Jesus sacrificed His life for ours. The old candy maker told the children that when we break our candy cane it reminds us that Jesus' body was broken for us. If we share our candy cane and give some to someone else in love, it represents the love of Jesus. God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus. He loved us so much He wants us to spend eternity with Him.

This story of the candy cane is just a legend. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, but it is an excellent picture of Christ and His love for you. Think about it the next time you enjoy a candy cane. And who doesn't enjoy a good candy cane?

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22 comments:

Tammy said...

My kids LOVE candy canes!!!

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Your posts are always interesting and enlightening. I continue to be amazed at all you can do. You're my blogging idol.

Betty said...

I didn't know all those facts about the candy cane. Interesting, and you have some nice photos to illustrate.

I hope you are having a good week so far, Virginia. I'm a little late getting around to visiting, but I made it.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Not participating, but wanted to comment. I love the kitty one the very best.

Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

Ivanhoe said...

That was s.w.e.e.t., Storyteller :o)
Them Europeans are pretty smart, aren't they? ;o)

Akelamalu said...

How interesting, I didn't know that! :)

Pia K said...

Oh, the kitty and candy cane pic is adorable! But me, I don't like candy canes at all, too sweet and hard for my liking. In Sweden they're called "polkagris" (polka pig) and it's still a traditional old candy mainly handmade in and around the old town Gnesta.

Mary said...

Storyteller,

I always enjoy the Legend of the Candy Cane. I put them on the Christmas tree each year, along with some little red bows.

Love the photo of the cat with the candy cane. The boys like the flavored ones.

Blessing,
Mary

forgetfulone said...

What interesting info, and I love the candy canes, especially the kitty!

Terri said...

Wonderful creative candy cane photos! Love the cat.

PEA said...

What a beautiful legend regarding the candy cane:-) I'll never look at a candy cane quite the same way again! Thank you so much for sharing this story with us!! xoxo

lucy said...

thank you for sharing this lovely story. i have heard similar versions over the years and i love the kitty photo...couldn't you get molly to sit still??? blessings!

lisaschaos said...

I've always liked the history on the candy cane. :) And I LOVE those photos!

Eve said...

Great Ruby Tuesday subject. Love the pictures and the Legend both.

Joyce said...

Very interesting and timely. :)

I totally love the candy-cane chomping kitty!

Carletta said...

I heard this a couple of years ago and had forgotten about it - thanks for the reminder.
Lovely photos - great perspective. The kitty is adorable.

Dianne said...

I always put candy canes on the tree

that cat is adorable!!

Linda said...

I always learn so much when I visit. Thanks for sharing these interesting information.

Karen said...

Hmm...doesn't ring true to me, but still very interesting. Nathan likes the IDEA of candy canes--he wants them, but then he never likes the taste!

Karmyn R said...

I've heard this before and think it is such a neat story.

Sylvia K said...

Love the story and love the photos, particularly the cat! Thanks for all your good thoughts, they are appreciated!

Mary Ann said...

A friend at work brought in a brownie cake with a fine peppermint powder in the frosting between the layers. Was so delicious.

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