Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Symbols

By: Michala T.

I can't very well list all the originations of all the various Christmas representations here; nor would you want to take the time to read it all. Hey, look something up for a change! Just Kidding. I wondered of a few things: snowman, ornaments, wreathes, and so much more. I decided to look up these two:
Candy Canes:   Christmas tree ornaments originally were foods such as candy and cookies.The original candy cane was a straight, white sugar stick. These candies were later bent and shaped to represent a shepherds staff.  There are many representations people like to cling to: upside down 'J' for Jesus, the white for purity and red for blood. The flavor of peppermint is similar to another member of the mint family, hyssop. In the Old Testament hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice, and this is said to symbolize the purity of Jesus and the sacrifice he made. Thus the candy cane. You can read more by clicking on the Underlined words Candy Cane. 

Gingerbread men: The mixed ingredients formed paste would be pressed into a wooden mold and then used to give the 'news of the day' on...like a storyboard. Some of the cookies would be painted with icing. In the 16th century people would add sugars and spices to the cookies to taste more inviting. Queen Elizabeth I decided they made great cookies for entertaining guests. Thus the gingerbread cookie was formed. And not just in the shape of a man, but castles and biblical scenes as well. 

Pretty interesting stuff wouldn't you say? Merry Christmas Everyone!

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