Over the years traditions have developed to help bring joy to the season of Christmas bringing many sub-traditions that help us focus on the reason for the season.
It is centered around family, faith, and love. It is about traditions that help people identify to the birth of Christ.
As Deepertruth looks at the season of Christmas, I thought it was interesting to look at the history of the candy cane.
I remember growing up putting candy canes on the Christmas tree. They were usually found in the stockings around the fireplace.
Sometime around 1650 candy canes began to appear in Europe as candy makers developed hard sugar sticks originally straight white in color.
Soon, Christians took the idea of taking these sugar sticks and forming the familiar cane appearance making them easy to place on Christmas trees. As decorations, candy canes made great presents for children adding to the Christmas joy around the Christmas tree.
About 1670, a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany created the sugar cane to appear like the shepherd's staff that the bishop as Shepherd of the flock symbolizes. These became popular giving them out at Midnight Mass all over Europe to children.
It wasn't long before candy makers began adding sugar and decorated the candy canes with a rose color appearance. It wasn't until about 1847 that the candy cane tradition made it to America thanks to the German immigrant, August Imgardwho first decorated his Christmas tree in Wooster Ohio.