Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas A to Z Letter C

Welcome Back to Christmas A to Z! Each day from now through Christmas Eve, I would like to share traditions, decorations and meanings of Christmas. I hope you will join me for some Christmas Season inspiration.
Today’s letter…
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…Is for Candy Canes, Chocolate and Carols
Candy Canes
As a child we always enjoyed candy at Christmas. Candy Canes were delicious and made beautiful decorations. It was not until adulthood that I read to story of the candy cane and it really put meaning to the colorful treat.
The Story of the Candy Cane
Once upon a time, an Indiana candy maker decided to create a new kind of candy that would witness to his Christian faith. He began with a stick of pure, white, hard candy–white to symbolize Jesus’ Virgin Birth and sinless life, and hard to symbolize the firmness of the promises of God, the Rock of our salvation.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent both the precious name of Jesus and the staff used by the “Good Shepherd” to gently bring back His stray lambs. Thinking this candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker decorated it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have eternal life.
Although, for many, the candy cane is simply another Christmas decoration, its true meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear”.
I am not sure where my parents got this tradition, but we always had a huge 5 pound box of chocolates at Christmas. I remember one year a friend of the family had a basset hound. They went to a Christmas party one year and left a wrapped box of chocolates under their tree. The dog ripped that box open, and ate every piece; leaving the tiny paper cups strewn all over the floor!
As a child, I always remember watching carolers on Christmas Specials on television and in movies.Victorian photos of carolers are so precious and inspiring. Singing Christmas Carols has always been a joy during the Season. When my daughter was in school, we got together with several families and went caroling through the neighborhood, visiting families along the way.
I hope you will join me again tomorrow for more of the Christmas Celebration.
Carolyn and the Bears

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