One of the most often seen symbols of Christmas is the candy cane. Not only are candy canes used as a sweet Christmas time treat and a great stocking stuffer, but they are also used for decoration.
Shape: Many people have given religious meaning to the shape and form of the candy cane. The candy cane has the shape of the shepherds’ staff, symbolic of how Jesus, like the “Good Shepherd” watches over his children like little lambs.
Letter: The candy cane is symbolizes the letter “J” for Jesus, because Jesus is the reason for the season.
Candy: The candy cane is a hard candy, solid like a “rock”, the foundation of the Church.
Flavor: The flavor of the candy cane is peppermint, which 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.
Red Color: The red of the candy cane represents the blood Jesus shed for us.
White Color: The white of the candy cane represents the purity of Jesus, his virgin birth and how he cleansed our sins.
Stripes: The three fine stripes represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; a reminder that by his stripes we are healed.
The candy cane is a symbol of Christmas and a reminder of the meaning of the holiday.