The Candy Cane

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I remember in college during Christmas time, through my org Campus Crusade for Christ, we would give out candy canes to complete strangers whether individually or through sharing in class. So I decided to do that again with my friends and acquaintances. I bought a box of candy canes and gave them out to my kabarkadas, officemates, even to my favorite manicurists and massage therapists.

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Not only is it for the sweet tooth, I also included the story behind the famous Candy Cane. It goes like this:

“A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker then shaped his cane into the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down to to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.”

Nice story, eh? Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas everybody! 🙂

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