Patty's Christmas Page

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. It is a time of great joy and of giving to others. It is also the season for expressing and receiving love. Sadly, to some, Christmas has lost some of the true meaning of this holiday (Holy Day). Long before the first Christmas took place, the prophet Isaiah wrote, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Is 9:6). Just as prophesied, that event did occur and the ultimate expression of God's love took place. A Savior WAS born one night in Bethlehem and the world would never be the same. And THAT's the Good News! One poet described it this way:

God Sent Us A Savior
If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist

If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
So God sent us a Savior

The Story of the Candy Cane, though just a story, offers a precious new way of looking at this Christmas candy favorite:


The Story of the Candy Cane

Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained 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 the promise of eternal life.

Some people believe this story of the candy cane is only a legend. Others believe it really happened this way. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, or earned its stripes, but one thing is certain... it is an excellent picture of Christ and His GREAT love for you.

Some other links to great Christmas web sites:

The original Christmas Story

Best Christmas Page on the Web (I admit it! This one is even better than mine!)

Another great Christmas page! (second runner-up!)

Is there a Santa Claus? Absolutely!

A great Christmas Page for Kids

Send your sweetie an E-Christmas card (plus all kinds of other neat free Christmas stuff - wallpaper, screensavers, you name it!)

Popular Christmas Carols (the true meaning of Christmas can be found in the beautiful, timeless lyrics of the traditional Christmas Carols)

The Real Meaning of Christmas (a pretty cool sight!)

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