Saturday, December 10, 2011

Candy Cane Discovery

and yet, I'm having another "out of touch moment"...sigh...maybe I've heard this before but forgot!

Do you know what a "Candy Cane Really is"?  One myth is that many years ago a candy maker from Indiana wanted to make candy that would symbolize the true meaning of Christmas, which is "Jesus", to teach children symbolism. The hard candy was shaped like a " J " to represent that Jesus is our rock of all ages. The candy was white, that stands for the pureness of Jesus, and the red... represents the blood that Jesus shed to save us from our sins. So the next time you see a candy cane, take a minute to remember the real meaning of 'Christmas'.

The above paragraph I found but then I also found this myth snippet as well..."Candy canes stiped in red represent the blood of Christ, the white stripes represent his purity," maybe to some people this statement is true, but they didn’t start out that way. Candy canes were originally all white in color. The color red, which is closely associated with the Christmas season for many religious reasons, was added during the mid-19th century when candy canes first started being used as decorations on Christmas trees. But the red-and-white variety of candy canes was not specifically first manufactured as religious symbolism.

It is amazing to find little facts on the internet, as I also found this little bit of info as well:
"Candy canes were first made as a decoration on Christmas trees."  No, candy canes even pre-date the tradition of the Christmas trees.  It wasn't unti the mid 19th century, about the time when widespread use of Christmas trees became popular at Christmas time that the candy cane became connected with trees and Christmas.

The cnady cane tradition originates in Europe where the Christmas tree decorations where primarily made of food - typically cookies and candies.  This tradition at the holiday symbolically expressed "thanks for our daily bread" as well as providing a Christmas treat for the children. The candy cane thus represented the sheperd's hook.  Candy canes on the Christmas tree symbolize the shepherds in the fields on the first Chirstmas night.  Shephers who heard the angel chorus and came to worship at the crib of the newborn King.  Inexpensive yet delightful, candy canes make a wonderful treat for the entire family.
candy canes in a jar, christmas decorations with a history of the candy cane and how a candy cane tradition got started

Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

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