National Candy Cane Day – December 26th
Did you know that today, December 26th is National Candy Cane Day all around the world? That’s right, Christmases favorite candy has an entire day of celebration devoted to those beautiful red and white stripes!
The legend of the Candy Cane goes something like this…
In 1670 a candy maker was looking for a way to use his candy to witness to local people about Jesus Christ. His idea was brought to life by making a shepherd’s staff our of a pulled sugar mixture and hand it out to the children at church services. The hardness of the candy represents Jesus as a solid rock, and red striped represent the blood Jesus shed on the cross for all sinners on earth. When the candy cane is turned upside down, it also forms the letter “J” that stands for “Jesus.”As you finish off the last few pieces of Christmas candy at home, remember the legend of 1670 and take time to reflect on the beautiful meaning of the Candy Cane!
Some other fun Candy Cane facts include:
- Over 1.76 billion candy canes are made each yeararound the world
- The biggest candy cane ever made was 51 feetlong!
- Nearly 2 billion candy canes are sold in thefour weeks before Christmas
- Candy Canes can be unwrapped and sprayed with sealant to add a little “candy” to your Christmas tree (this makes then in-edible)