Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Legend of the Christmas Candy Cane

Do you know the legend of the Christmas Candy Cane?  No?

Well, legend has it that, many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy that would symbolize the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus.  So, he took a piece of white hard candy and shaped it into a “J.”  The white signified Jesus’ purity, and the red stripes he added were the blood that Jesus shed to save mankind from his sins. 






Whether true or simply part of the many myths of the Christmas season, it has become an inspirational story for Christians, and a reminder what it is we are truly celebrating – the birth of our Savior. 




Whoever he was and whatever his reason, we owe a debt of gratitude to the man who fashioned the first Candy Cane.  In fact, what would we do without this beloved symbol of the Christmas season?   Just looking at a Candy Cane brings a smile to the faces of young and old alike. 





We decorate our houses, our trees and our gifts with them. 




Candy Cane Martini
They even make a festive appearance at our Holiday Cocktail Parties. 


CANDY CANE MARTINI
Ingredients:


  • 1 oz. Absolut Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz. Skyy Vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 large candy cane, crushed Small Candy Cane
Preparation:

  1. Crush one large candy cane into small pieces.
  2. Place pieces on a plate.
  3. Wet the outside rim of a martini glass.
  4. Place martini glass upside down on plate of crushed candy cane until it adheres to rim of glass.
  5. Fill a Martini shaker with ice.
  6. Add Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Skyy and Peppermint Schnapps.
  7. Shake vigorously.
  8. Pour into candy cane-rimmed martini glass and garnish with small candy cane.
Hmm.  “Make mine a double, Bartender -- TWO Candy Canes, please.”



Snopes, the website devoted to separating fact from fiction, has this to say about the legend of the Christmas Candy Cane:  “This is charming folklore at best, and though there's nothing wrong with finding (and celebrating) symbolism where there wasn't any before, the story of the candy cane's origins is, like Santa Claus, a myth and not a ‘true story.’"

I may be willing to concede the point on the Candy Cane, but Santa Claus?  A myth?  I beg to differ with Snopes et al.  Santa is as real as you and I, and I have that on the highest, most reliable, of authorities – Mrs. Claus. 




Every Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus sends Santa off with a big kiss as he and his team of flying reindeer set off on their very special journey.   After delivering toys to all the good little boys and girls, they arrive home exhausted but delighted that they have, once again, brought joy to millions of children.  





Mrs. Claus makes sure Santa gets a well-deserved massage…





And then a cozy catnap by a warm fire with his favorite tabby, Bella, on his lap. 



Gaston, the Elf Chef Comes to Us from Kringlekin

While Santa dozes, Mrs. Claus oversees matters in the kitchen, where Gaston, the French elf Chef is bustling about preparing a special Christmas feast à deux of Artichoke Canapés with foie gras, oysters with sabayon de champagne, roasted goose with chestnut stuffing, green beans and wild mushrooms, followed by an assortment of Santa’s favorite brebis (cheese). 





And, of course, no festive Christmas dinner would be complete without Santa’s favorite dessert -- a sumptuous bûche de Noël. 

Now, you might think that Santa would be ready for another doze by the fire after such a delicious feast, but Mrs. Claus has other ideas.  “After all,” as she put it to me, “Santa may belong to the world the rest of the year, but on Christmas Day, he’s all mine.”

Mrs. Claus loves to go dancing, and, believe it or not, for all his size, Mr. Claus is very light on his feet.  In fact, I understand that Santa does a mean Samba.  

So on Christmas Day, Santa and the stylish Mrs. Claus will be tripping the lights fantastic at their favorite North Pole Boîte until the wee hours of the morning.  Can you keep a secret?  Here’s a sneak peak at the ensemble Mrs. Claus has chosen for the evening; but, remember, it must be our little secret or we’ll all end up on the Naughty List.  




The Stylish Mrs. Claus Goes Dancing


13 comments:

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    1. I had heard that story years ago, but never knew whether or not it was true. I still don't know, but I love the story.

      I first posted this last year, but got requests to repeat it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Josephine.

      Cheers and Merry Christmas,

      M-T

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  2. I believe in Santa! Mrs Claus is going to look gorgeous in that outfit.
    Merry Christmas!!
    xx Jennifer

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    1. I believe in Santa, too. Mrs. Claus is absolutely gonna rock in that outfit. I have a feeling the elves are used to seeing Mrs. Claus do her Christmas thing.

      Merry Christmas, my dear friend.

      xoxo, M-T

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas.

      Cheers, M-T

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  4. Dearest Marie-Thérèse,
    Well, I'm not a Santa fan at all, nor for Mrs. Santa.
    Growing up in the Old World, we never were exposed to that youngest invention.
    Love the old fashioned Christmas with all its baked goods and special things to eat during the two day event.
    Now it is way too commercial and so empty and artificial looking... Not my favorite time anymore since the hijacked the TRUE Christmas!
    Your bûche de Noël is the only recognizable Old World tradition that I love here!
    Gift giving we always did on Saint Nicholas and that's far better and thus keeping Christmas purely for the Family; earthly and heavenly.
    Sending you hugs and enjoy the special Christmas music for the season.
    Mariette

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    1. Dearest Mariette,

      We can always celebrate the TRUE Christmas, as you so rightly put it, in our hearts, thoughts, words and actions.

      I must say that I am still a huge fan of Santa, and Mrs. Claus is great, too.

      Big hugs to you and your charming husband,

      M-T

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  5. Cute pictures :)
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    Maria V.

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  6. Lovely stories and Christmas symbols! I'll also take Mrs. Claus' stole, gloves and shoes, please!

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    1. I'll see what I can do for you, Debra. I have a little influence w/Mrs. Claus. I don't blame you. I lust after those gloves, shoes and that stole, myself.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Always appreciated.

      Cheers, M-T

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  7. I like the candy cane with martini. All things are so awesome. Santa Claus came to thisblog.

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    1. He always makes a special stop chez moi for one of my candy cane martinis. He tells Mrs. Claus it's for the cookies, but we both know better.

      Glad you made a special stop at my blog, Helen. Have a very happy New Year.

      Cheers, M-T

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