Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas
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Some scholars believe a confectioner developed candy canes to represent Jesus. The shape of the "J" was for Jesus, or the shepherd's staff. The white color symbolized purity, while the red stripes represented blood. Peppermint is similar to hyssop, the Middle Eastern mint mentioned in the Bible.
Fun Fact: The use of candy canes on Christmas trees made its way to America by the 1800s.
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