Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The A-Z of Christmas ~ C

Welcome friends to another A-Z of Christmas.
Today's letter is ~

is for Candy canes, carols, cards, charity, Christ Child, concerts....

There are many stories and legends about the cany cane. I will share this one today.

The Story of the Candy Cane
Candy Cane. Christian Faith, Jesus, SacrificeOnce upon a time, an Indiana candymaker decided to create a new kind of candy that would witness to his Christian faith.   He began with a stick of pure, white, hard candy–white to symbolize Jesus’ Virgin Birth and sinless life, and hard to symbolize the firmness of the promises of God, the Rock of our salvation.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent both the precious name of Jesus and the staff used by the “Good Shepherd” to gently bring back His stray lambs.  Thinking this candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker decorated it with red stripes.  He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed.  The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have eternal life.

Although the candy cane is for many simply another Christmas decoration, its true meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.”

Did you know that Christmas cards first originated in ancient Rome? However the first earliest known designer of a Christmas card was Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was both the Penny Post postal service in 1840 and the industrialization of the printing industry however, that led to the popularity of sending Christmas cards. By 1846, one thousand were sold at one shilling each. Cards in unsealed envelopes could be posted for half a penny.

I like the old fashioned way of sending a lovely card to family and friends as it is much more personal. It is fast becoming a thing of the past however, with the use of email. I don't know about you, but I enjoy receiving a lovely card in the mail. How about you, do you send Christmas cards?

Although there are plenty of formal carol concerts, there is something charming about carollers singing on one's doorstep. In the name of charity and goodwill to all men, groups make their way from door to door or gather beneath a street lamp to sing. It is both a charming and romantic sight this time of year.

Please join me tomorrow for the letter D.
Keeping Christmas in my heart all year long ~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi,
    I enjoyed my visit-I think we both love the Christmas season!


  2. Sandi: How interesting your Christmas blogs have been. Some of the facts I was not familiar with. I enjoy reading them daily....thanks Aunt P

  3. Oh, Sandi. Great job. Loved your post. Have a super evening. Look forward to the D's. Susan