Thursday, November 18, 2010

December 12: The Legend of the Candy Cane

*Today's gift is a candy cane. I usually wrap a whole box...because it's the easiest way to wrap them!

  • Read Isaiah 53:5 (NKJ).

"But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed."

  • Let the children open the candy canes.

  • Talk about candy canes and wonder aloud why we only see them at Christmas.

  • Share this legend:
There was once a candy maker who wanted to create a piece of candy that told the story of Jesus. He began by using hard candy to represent Jesus as the "rock of ages." He then shaped the hard candy into a shepherd's crook to symbolize Jesus as the "great shepherd." The candy-maker started with the color white to represent the purity and blamelessness of Christ. He added a red stripe to represent the blood shed on the cross for our sins...a perfect sacrifice.

  • Use the candy canes as a treat, or hang them on the Christmas tree for decoration.

  • Pray with your family. Thank God for candy canes and how they can remind us about Jesus.

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