Of all the beautiful traditions of Christmas,few are so ancient in
the meaning and so rich in symbolism as the Candy Cane.
From the beginning of the tradition of the Christmas Tree,it was
customary to decorate the tree with symbols of the newborn Christ.
Candles represented the Light of the World,the star recalled that
first Christmas night,and the shepherd's crook symbolized the humble
shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem who were first to receive the
news,"Unto you is born a Savior."
Christmas tree decorations in Europe,from which our tradition
comes,were customarily made of food,principally cookies and
candy.This symbolically expresses thanks for the children.Thus,the
shepherd's crook became the candy cane.
As time went on,many ornaments took on more permanent nature but the
Candy Cane retains the original use and meaning of Christmas Tree
Candy Canes on the Christmas Tree symbolize the Shepherds in the
field on that first Christmas night,- shepherds who heard the angel
chorus and came to worship at the crib of the newborn King.They were
also a sign of our thanks to God for the food he has given us all
during the year,and not least of all,they are an inexpensive and
delightful Christmas treat for the family.
Won't you consider starting this tradition in your family this year?
My family has been doing it for years as were are this year also.