Legend of the Candy Cane

candy cane meaning

Key Verse

Luke 2:8

Additional Verses

Isaiah 1:18; Hebrews 9:22

Materials Needed

  • Candy cane. If you want you can give out candy canes as part of this object lesson.

Object Lesson

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(Show the candy cane.)

As Christmastime approaches we often will have all kinds of decorations and treats around our homes. One of my favorite things is a candy cane. They taste delicious and you can also hang them on your tree as a decoration.

There is a legend about how the candy cane was made. The story says that a candy maker wanted to make a very special piece of candy to remind the children about Jesus. The red color reminds us of Jesus’s blood that was shed when we died on the cross. But it is twisted with white. The white color reminds us that Christ’s blood will forgive us of all sins and make us clean just like this white color.

The candy is very hard which reminds us that Jesus is the solid rock and that we can depend on him.

(Hold the candy cane with the hook at the top.)

When you hold the candy cane this way it looks like a shepherd’s staff which reminds us of the shepherds who were the first to find out about Jesus’ birth. The angels came to them and send them to find Jesus in the stable.

(Flip the cane over.)

When you look at the cane this way it looks like a letter. Which letter is it? That’s right, a “J.” This J stands for Jesus, the savior of the world who was born in a barn long ago. Jesus is the real reason for the season. He is the one that we celebrate.

It is easy to get distracted at Christmas with thoughts of gifts, food, and decorations, but let us remember Jesus. It is his birthday, and whenever we see a candy cane let us think about him!

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