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Count down to CHRISTS Birthday – Candy Cane

By Kira On December 14, 2011 Under Christmas

As we draw close to CHRISTmas I felt the desire to spend time daily with my kids preparing our hearts for this day. In our house it seems we are easily caught up in the worldy excitement that is put on this day and I have felt a strong desire to focus in on the TRUE meaning. For the next 12 days (14th-25th) we are going to use different symbols and Christmas crafts to focus on Jesus :-).

We will also be continuing to read a portion of the Christmas story daily using The Story of Christmas Advent Calendar.

For today’s symbol we started with one of my kids FAVORITE Christmas candies…the Candy Cane. I love that you can take such a simple candy and use it to share the Love of Christ!

We started our morning out by reading The Legend of the Candy Cane. A cute story of a candy maker that shares the story of Jesus using the candy cane. Upside down it looks like a J for Jesus. Right side up it looks like a shepherds crook, shepherds were the first to find out about Jesus’ birth. Stripes because in Isaiah 53:5 (depending on the version) it says “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” KJV. Red to remind of us Jesus’ suffering and blood. White to remind us that he washes us white as snow. While this may or may not be the true symbolism behind the candy cane it provides a wonderful lesson about Christ and the reason that we celebrate CHRISTmas!

For our project of the day we made Candy Cane Bark …a great way to use up some of those candy canes without the sticky mess that comes from my little people attempting to suck on them!!

We started with candy canes in a ziplock bag

My helpers took turns hammering the candy canes till they were in small chunks

Then we melted white almond bark (we microwaved it for about 1min, stirred, then microwaved again for about 30seconds, stirred, 30 seconds in the microwave and so on until it was smooth)

Add the candy cane bits and stir :-)

more stirring helpers

once it was all mixed together we spread the almond bark out on a sheet of freezer paper to harden

My helpers admiring the almost finished product!!

once the bark has hardened you can break it into pieces and here you see the finished product…yummmy… wonderful way to eat candy canes!!!

What are you doing to prepare your family as we get closer to CHRISTmas? Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Kira

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