The other night, my husband asked myself and my daughter and son if we knew the meaning behind the candy cane. We didn't - so he read the history to us from Wikimedia. I share it here with you. I also encourage you to listen for the echoes within you and around you in the eyes and actions of others.
The History of the Candy Cane:
According to a popular account, in 1670, in Coglogne, Germany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise
caused by children in his church during the Living Creche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some
sweet sticks for them. In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to infant Jesus. In
addition, he used the white color of the converted sticks to teach children about the Christian belief in the sinless life of Jesus. From
Germany, the candy canes spread to other parts of Europe, where they were handed out during plays reenacting the Nativity.
A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844.The candy cane has been mentioned in literature since 1866, was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874,and as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees. Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.