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This sweet Candy Cane Christmas tradition is a simple way to make holiday guests (especially little ones!) feel extra welcome in your home.
The History of The Candy Cane Tradition
Everyone needs an Aunt Sherol in their life. There are so many wonderful stories I could tell you about my Aunt Sherol, but when I think of Christmas, I can’t help but remember Aunt Sherol’s Candy Cane for Kids Christmas tradition.
You see, Aunt Sherol LOVES Christmas. She has a countdown for Christmas in her kitchen all year long. So on any given day of the year, you could ask her exactly how many days are left until Christmas and she could tell you.
She also LOVES children.
Her goal was and is to always make children feel welcome and important in her home.
Each Christmas, she fills up her tree with tons and tons of candy canes, along with her regular ornaments. And each time a child comes to visit during the Christmas season, they get to pick a candy cane to take home. I remember begging my mom to take us to visit Aunt Sherol especially often during Christmas because I knew I would always get a candy cane at the end of our visit. 🙂
The Symbolism of the Candy Cane
It’s sweet to give a candy cane, but there is also great meaning and symbolism behind the candy cane.
A candy cane upside down becomes a J for Jesus. And right-side up, they are like a Shepard’s crook since Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
If you’re looking for a way to make your home extra-inviting this holiday season, put some candy canes on your tree and let visitors take one when they leave. Who knows, maybe it will become a tradition you’ll be known for, just like my Aunt Sherol.