Every year during the Christmas season stores begin selling striped peppermint candy in the shape of a shepherd’s staff–Candy Canes.
They decorate Christmas trees and are eagerly devoured by young and old alike. But, do you know how to share the gospel using a candy cane? By simply giving a candy cane and sharing a short story about it, you can introduce a friend or family member–or even a stranger–to the Reason for the season.
According to folklore, this popular Christmas candy was created by a Christian candymaker in the 18th century. During this time Christianity was banned from public forum in certain areas of Europe. The candymaker prayed to find a way to share the true meaning of Christmas with others and was given the inspiration to create the Candy Cane as a tool to share the Gospel.
How to Share the Gospel Using a Candy Cane
White Candy – A sweet symbol of the holiness and purity of our sinless Savior (2 Corinthians 5:31, 1 John 1:7) and a celebration that through His sacrifice our sins were washed away, making us white a snow (Isaiah 53:5).
Red Stripes – A visible reminder that by the shedding of Christ’s blood and His death on the cross we were rescued from our sins and given eternal life. (Ephesians 1:7 & 2:8, Revelation 1:5, John 3:16, Luke 22:20).
Shepherd’s Staff – Jesus is the Good Shepherd and His sheep will hear His voice and follow Him. (Psalm 23:1, John 10:11, John 10:27-30, Isaiah 40:11)
Letter J – When the candy cane is turned upside down, it looks like a “J” representing the name of the baby born in in a stable in Bethlehem: Jesus, which means Savior (Matthew 1:21, John 3:17).
While we don’t know if the Legend of the Candy Cane is true, we can still use the features of the Candy Cane to share the live-saving truth of the Gospel with those who need to hear it. In addition to using an actual Candy Cane, you may also find some of the following resources to be helpful.
Crafts & Activities
Beaded Candy Cane (or “J” is for Jesus) Christmas Ornament
Legend of the Candy Cane Poem Coloring Page
Handprint Candy Cane
Candy Cane Christmas Cookies Recipe
12 Fun Christmas Traditions for the Family
As you enjoy a Candy Cane this this holiday season, may it be a delicious reminder of why we celebrate Christmas every year–to praise and proclaim our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Who in your life needs to hear the Good News of Christmas this year?
About the Author
Jenni Mullinix is a wife, a homeschool mama, and a recovering overwhelmed homemaker. On her blog, A Joyful Simplicity, she encourages and equips women to cultivate a joy-filled, simple life by God’s grace and for His glory. She is the author of two eBooks (Clean Enough and Deeper Devotions) and the creator of The Gift of a Savior Christmas curriculum. In her limited free time, Jenni enjoys taking nature walks, scrolling through Instagram photos or diving into a good book.