The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg tells the story of a man who moves to a new town and opens a candy shop. He explains to a little girl the meaning of the candy cane, saying it looks like the letter J for Jesus and if you turn it upside down, its the shepherd’s staff. The white represents us after we’ve given ourselves to Jesus (washing away our sins we become pure) and the red stripes represents Jesus’s suffering and blood when he died on the cross.
The story is followed by the true story of what we know about the candy cane (it was made to resemble the shepherd’s staff) and what we don’t.
Great read. Great Christmas story. Great ideas. Great way to talk about Jesus to kids who know Him and those who don’t.