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December 26th is National Candy Cane Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready for some sugar because it's National Candy Cane Day!  I'm sure you have a couple candy canes lying around somewhere, right? ;)  Well then, let's get right into celebrating National Candy Cane Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, think about it; what was yesterday? Why would someone want to consume a candy cane around this time of year? And besides the fact that they are in season, think about all those leftovers you have from your holiday meal. I bet you have quite a bit of food left, but the desserts might be running a bit thin. So, after you polish off some of those leftovers and you notice you're all out of desserts, you might just reach for a candy cane to satisfy your sweet tooth, right? The holiday makes a lot more sense now, doesn't it?  And, supposedly, candy canes were actually invented, way back in 1670, to help keep children quiet at the Cologne Cathedral, in Germany. The choirmaster asked a local candy maker to make some stick candy for the kids, so that they wouldn't cause a ruckus during the living Nativity scene, on Christmas Eve. And, in order to keep the parents from questioning the candy, he had them curved into canes so he could tie them into the Nativity story. He could then say that they are candy canes to help remind children of the shepherds that came to see baby Jesus. Plus, since they were white, he could even tie in the purity of Jesus, since he committed no sins.

If that story is actually true, then that was one sly move that sparked a never-ending tradition. But this tradition spread all throughout Europe, and it stayed linked with the Nativity plays for quite a while. But apparently candy canes were made by hand, up until the 1920s, when the Bunte Brothers of Chicago filed for patents for candy cane making machines. And lucky for you and me, there are many more flavors of candy canes out there today; peppermint just doesn't appeal to me!  But what candy cane flavors do you like?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, I'm sure a lot of you can reach into your stocking or head to your Christmas tree and find a cane of celebration, just waiting to be unwrapped by you. But, if you don't have any, you're always welcome to go pick up a box. And, as most smart shoppers know, holiday candy is always really cheap right after the holiday, so take advantage of those prices!   In fact, why don't you pick up a couple boxes so that you can share the celebration with others? Put a cup of candy canes on your desk, if you work at a office, hand them out to kids you know or play a little game of Christmas horseshoes. Actually, that might be a bit hard to get a "ringer" but hey, you can try!

And if you're really awesome, then why don't you try to make your own candy canes today? It might be a bit difficult to get them in the right shape, and even more difficult to add the stripes, but you'll be all kids of rad if you actually do it! That's one challenge I've never attempted myself, so you'll be at least two times as cool as me. ;)  Have a great day and enjoy the sweetness!





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