National Candy Cane Day

National Candy Cane Day is an annual event, observed every year on December 26.

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When is National Candy Cane Day?

  • National Candy Cane Day 2017 is observed on Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • National Candy Cane Day 2018 is observed on Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • National Candy Cane Day 2019 is observed on Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • National Candy Cane Day 2020 is observed on Saturday, December 26, 2020

History of National Candy Cane Day

Candy canes are so ubiquitous during the holiday season that they are practically considered part of Christmas itself. However, very few people know when, where or how candy canes came into existence, though it is a very interesting story. According to German folklore, the first candy canes were made in the 17th century when a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany, needed to find a way to keep the children quiet during the exceptionally long Christmas Eve Mass. So he ordered peppermint-flavored candy sticks from a local confectioner, but with a few twists of his own, steeping them in religious symbolism. Firstly, he requested the sticks to be on the shape we know them so they could be a visual representation of sorts of the canes that the shepherds coming to visit the baby Jesus might have had. Some also say that when turned upside-down, the candy cane becomes the letter J, which stands for Jesus. Furthermore, the choirmaster asked for the sticks to be white (to represent the sinless, pure life Jesus lived) and red (to represent the blood Jesus lost when he was crucified for the sins of mankind). Of course, there is no solid evidence for this, and modern candy cane historians, or whoever looked into it, have disputed the ideas presented here. Luckily, however, you can enjoy the candy cane on its special day with or without this kind of expert knowledge. (

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