2019-12-224th Sunday of AdventRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

The Legend of the Christmas Candy Cane

To celebrate Christmas, a candymaker decided to make a candy that would include several symbols of the life of Jesus Christ, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane.

He began with a stick of pure white, solid candy; white to symbolize the Virgin birth and solid to symbolize the firm love Jesus has for all of us.

The candymaker made the candy in the shape of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus. Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker added red stripes. He used three small stripes to represent the nails that held Jesus on the cross and a large stripe to show the blood shed by Jesus, giving us the promise of eternal life. Then he added the wonderful flavor of peppermint which is royal gift of spice.

So perhaps the next time you look at this familiar Christmas decoration you will remember the candymaker and the real meaning behind the Christmas Candy Cane. The Wondrous Birth of Jesus and His Great Love for all of us.

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