A Sweet Symbol
A popular symbol of Christmas
Is the simple candy cane.
Its shape is the crook of the shepherd
One of the first who came.
The lively green peppermint is
the regal gift of spice.
The white is for purity
The red is sacrifice.
The narrow stripes are friendship
And the nearness of the Child's love
With eternal, sweet compassion
A gift from above.
The candy cane reminds us all
Of how our creator cares.
And like his Christmas gift to us
It's meant to be broken and shared.
This Christmas candy sentiment, albeit North American, had never been heard before and is from a church in Newcastle. The sweet itself originated in Europe according to Wikipedia.