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Candy Cane – Christmas traditions

December 16, 2010

The Christmas Tradition of using a white stick – Candy Cane – began as a way of decorating a Christmas Tree.

         Suzi Love

Legend has it that during the 17th century, craftsmen created the white sticks of candy in the shape of shephreds’ crooks at the suggestion of the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

The treats were given to children to keep them quiet during ceremonies at the living creche, or Nativity scene, and the custom of passing out the crooks at such ceremonies soon spread throughout Europe.

More recent explanations of the cane’s symbolism hold that the color white represents Christ’s purity, the red the blood he shed…. Read more via Christmas traditions : the origins of Xmas and facts.

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