Posted on: December 20 2007NEW ORLEANS PRIDE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2007
CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE
An ingenious, creative candy maker, wishing to make a candy that would be symbolic of Christmas, came up with the idea of the ever-popular "Christmas candy cane".
The candy is extremely hard and white in color. The white is symbolic of the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus. The hard texture represents the solid rock foundation on which the church was built.
The shape of the candy was purposely made in the form of a "J", representing the precious name of Jesus. It also serves as a reminder of the staff of the "Good Shepherd".
The pure white "J" was, by design, stained with one large and three small red stripes. The larger stripe represents the blood shed by Christ on the cross so those Christians who follow His teachings should have, as promised, eternal life. The three small stripes represent the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately, over a period of time, the Christmas candy became known simply as a candy cane. But, the meaning is still there for those Christians who follow the teachings of Christ.
Merry Christmas Y'all!
NEW ORLEANS TERMINOLOGY
ARPENT: Old French measure of land which varied in value with locality. In Louisiana and French Canada (the only regions in North America were the measure was used) an arpent was 180 French feet. Just as a French heel is more than an ordinary heel, so is a French foot more than the ordinary foot; 100 French feet are equivalent to 106 % feet.
PEARLS OF WISDOM
When life gets too hard to stand - kneel.