Saturday, December 04, 2010

Advent 8 Candy Canes

Many people love to use the candy cane to decorate their Christmas trees. Did you know that this could be a great tool for teaching about Gods love during advent? Read the following information to see why.

The candy cane is shaped like the letter “J” in Jesus’ name. It is also in the shape of the shepherds’ crook, symbolic of how Jesus, like the “Good Shepherd” watches over his children like little lambs. It is a hard candy, solid like a “rock”, the foundation of the Church. The flavor of peppermint is similar to another member of the mint family, hyssop. In the Old Testament hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice, and this is said to symbolize the purity of Jesus and the sacrifice he made.

The white of the candy cane represents the purity of Jesus and his virgin birth. The bold red stripe represents God’s love and the blood shed for us. The three fine stripes represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Others say they represent the blood spilled at the beating Jesus received at the hands of the Roman soldiers.

After you share this with your children or their friends they will never look at this piece of candy the same again. May it always be a reminder of the sacrifice made on our behalf.

Come Lord Jesus Come!

Sing Praises to Your King!

1 comment:

A Homemaker's Heart said...

Nice to meet you from WLW Peace on Earth Challenge.

Looking forward to a peaceful month!