Did you know that the candy cane was once used as a pacifier for fussy babies? Goodness! During the 1670s an unknown German choirmaster had the idea of bending the canes and handing them out to the tiny tots so that when they become bored with the Christmas pageant they could suck on them to keep quiet. I would say that was a smart idea! So as the legend goes, hundred of years later an Indiana candy maker wanted to improve of the candy cane. He wanted to add a large red stripe to remind us of the blood Jesus shed on the cross and smaller red stripes to remind us of the lashing Jesus endured while carrying his cross “by His stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5. The white color reminds us that Jesus lived a life completely without sin. The candy’s hardness reminds us that Jesus is our Rock to salvation. The candy cane was already bent and it reminded folks of a shepherds hook and if you turn it over it looks like a “J” to remind us of Jesus and why he was born and the sacrifice he made to save us from our sins. What a powerful story to be able to tell now when you share a candy cane with your children and friends this Christmas season.
Now the activity we chose to do was the Reindeer Evangelists; we simply got traditional candy canes and dressed them up as reindeer, they are so cute! When we shared them with family and friends we also told them the story of how the candy cane came to be.
Day 5 of the countdown to Christmas scripture: Luke 1:31-33, You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the thorne of his father David and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.