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Legend of the Candy Cane + Giveaway!

By Brenda S. Anderson — December 18, 2015

I doubt I have as many children’s Christmas books as Kav Rees, but I certainly have my share. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through my box (sorry, no room on the shelves) of books–it’s like walking through a candy store but without the calories!

I don’t remember if my kids had a favorite, but one book stood out to me: The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg, illustrated by James Bernardin. I love how this book takes a simple Christmas symbol and gives a spiritual meaning to it.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

The Legend of the Candy CaneOne dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?

Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas—for many Christmases to come.

Actually, the candy cane was created around 1670 when a church choirmaster bent white sugar sticks into cane form to represent a shepherd’s staff. He used those candies to keep the attention of children during long services.

The red stripe was added around the turn of the century. Some sources say that an Indiana candy maker added the red stripe as a witness of Christ’s love, but it’s not confirmed.

Question: Do you like candy canes?

3D Chain of Mercy - new (254 x 300)~~~ Book Giveaway Details ~~~

To enter, in the comments below, say whether you like candy canes or not. Contest runs through midnight CST on 12/18/2015. One autographed copy of Chain of Mercy (Coming Home series, book #1) by Brenda S. Anderson will be given away to one commenter on today’s Inkspirational Messages blog. The winner will be announced on December 19, 2015.  This contest is only open to US residents only.

About Author

Brenda S. Anderson is the author of the gritty Coming Home Series. She writes authentic and life-affirming fiction. Learn more about Brenda at www.BrendaAndersonBooks.com.

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(17) Readers Comments

  1. December 18, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Good choice, Brenda! I do like candy canes, the original flavor and some of the new flavors, too! This is year I have Frozen candy canes, not sure of the flavor, for the granddaughters on the tree and Lemon Head candy canes for the rest of us-excluding my husband. He's not a big fan of 'sour'. Merry Christmas!

    • December 18, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Oh I'm puckering up at the thought of Lemon Head candy canes! Give me original flavor too!

  2. Shari Barr
    December 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

    This is the neatest story and such a great book for kids and adults. One of the best!

  3. December 18, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I love the book, Brenda. Yes. Great for all ages and a lovely coffee table book as well. I really don't like any candy. Truthfully, not even candy canes. Chocolate is not candy. I'd love a chance to win your novel! Thanks you.

    • December 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

      You're so right, chocolate is not candy! :)

  4. Dawn Ford
    December 18, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I love that story! And I love candy canes. Each year I put some on the tree. I've done different colors and flavors. This year I made some 'Snowman Soup' and found some hot chocolate flavored canes to use as stirrers for the 'soup'.

    • December 18, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Love the idea of putting candy canes on the tree but I'm afraid our kitty would like the idea as well. :) What is Snowman Soup? You'll have to divulge your recipe!

  5. Kav
    December 18, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I have this book at my school library, but not in my personal collection. Must rectify that soon. You can never have too many Christmas books. :-)

    • December 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I agree! You can never have too many Christmas books! But you can have too little shelf space!

  6. Annie JC
    December 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Love candy canes but only the peppermint ones. They make great stirrers for tea or coffee to add a little zip. What about hot cocoa too! Hmmmm. I need some now. Thanks for the giveaway. Annie

    • December 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Oh I love candy canes in hot cocoa! Yum!

  7. Abby Breuklander
    December 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I love candy canes! Especially the fruity ones!!

    • December 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

      I've never tried fruity candy canes--I'll have to go find them. :) Merry Christmas, Abby!

  8. DK Stevens
    December 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I do like candy canes.. I see all the different flavors now, even fruit punch! I already have the book, just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas!

  9. December 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm


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