Candy Canes

There are no Candy Canes mentioned in the Bible, but they are full of pointers to the real story of Christmas…

  • Shape:

    like a Shepherd’s crook; Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd – because He cares for us and would lay down His life for us

    • ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’ John 10:11 [NIV]


  • Stripes:

    like the marks on Jesus’ back when He was whipped, which the Bible says will bring healing for us

    • ‘He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; He was lashed – and we were healed!’ Isaiah 53:5 [TLB]


  • Colours:

    red like Jesus’ blood, white reflects Jesus’ purity

    • ‘But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away.’ 1 John 1:7 [CEV]


The symbolism of the Candy Cane is a link between Jesus’ birth (He came to be just like us), His life (as the Good Shepherd), and His death (Easter link)


Birth: there is a lot about the story of the first Christmas which is incredible and even outrageous; the baby born to a virgin in a smelly stable and laid in a feeding trough. But even more amazing is that the tiny, helpless baby, Jesus, was God in human form – ‘God in the flesh’. One of the names given to Jesus was Emmanuel which means ‘God with us’. Jesus is fully God, and was also fully human.

Life: Jesus came as a human, just like us, in order to save us (see below) but also to show us and teach us how we should live; He set the example we should follow. Jesus’ life was remarkable – join online in the New Year for our teaching series or for our Alpha Course to find out more).

Death: Jesus lived a perfect life without sin so that He would be a suitable offering to reconcile us to God again through His death. If Jesus had simply died, everything else would’ve been in vain – but three days after His death He was resurrected to new life, demonstrating God’s power over death itself, and

Whenever you see a Candy Cane at Christmas,
remember that it is a pointer to the very reason why Jesus was born.