Sunday, December 24, 2006

December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas From Bud's World

The Candy Cane Legend

"Look at the Candy cane…What do you see? Stripes that are red…Like blood shed for me

White for my Savior…Who’s sinless and pure! ‘J’’ is for Jesus… ‘My lord,’ that’s for sure!

Turn it around…and a staff you will see… Jesus my shepherd…Was born for me!"

Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy cane at Christmas time that would serve as witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the church; firmness to represent the promise of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought it could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which He reached down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs that, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received and by which we are all healed. The large red stripe was for the Promise of eternal life. Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane – a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the true meaning is still there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Christmas Trivia:

What popular children's cracker was introduced in 1902 as a Christmas ornament?

The National Biscuit Company introduced the Barnum’s Animal Cracker and box. The box, as it does today,

had a string designed so that the box could be hung as a Christmas ornament.

In 1939 Robert May created what Christmas figure as a Christmas

promotion for Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago?

Rudolph the Red Noised Reindeer.

In the 1920’s what world wide beverage company adopted the

Santa Claus figures for a winter advertising promotion?

The Coca-Cola Company used Santa Claus to promote the idea that a soft drink

was a winter beverage as well as a summer beverage.

Who was the first United States ambassador to Mexico?

Joel Poinsett the developer of the popular Christmas Poinsettia flowers.

What popular Christmas candy had its debut and was given

out by a choirmaster in 1670 to quiet the noisy children?

The candy cane.

Which American President banned the Christmas Tree

from being displayed in the White House?

The environmentalist President Teddy Roosevelt.

In what year did Coca-Cola hire Haddon Sundblom to illustrate Santa Claus dressed in the red

Santa Claus suit and Santa Claus hat trimmed in white fur that helped standardize the image of the gift-bringer in the eyes of America?

Haddon Sunblom was hired to illustrate Santa Claus in 1931 and drew Santa Claus illustrations

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History of the Carols

December 24, 2006

Silent Night, Holy Night’

(1818) pg. 239

Words by: Joseph Mohr (1792 - 1848) Music by: Franz Gruber (1787 - 1863)

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 1818, in a tiny village high in the Austrian Alps, Joseph Mohr, the local Catholic priest, sat writing some appropriate verses for the season. The church pipe organ had given out and the men summoned to repair it were unable to fix it in time for that evening’s service. The church organist, Franz Gruber, agreed to write out a simple tune for his pastor’s text, writing the music for a tenor, a bass, a chorus and a guitar. That very evening, the first performance of ‘Silent Night’ (‘Stille Nacht’) took place, unnoticed except for a few parishioners of St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria on that Christmas day in 1818.

It may have been the organ repairmen, who finally brought the news of the lovely new carol to other villages in the Alps, though never mentioning either Gruber’s or Mohr’s name. For many years, neither man was aware of their Christmas song’s increasing popularity nor did the world know its creators. Even the English words we sing today were long unaccredited to the Reverend John Freeman Young, who made his translation and then modestly watched, without claiming his share of fame, as "Silent Night" became one of the most familiar Christmas carols in the world.

Christmas Day in History…


– Montgomery Ward stores introduced ‘Rudolph’ the 9th reindeer


– 1st electrically lit Christmas tree was displayed in the White House


– Layne Hall of Silver Creek, NY was born (He would become

"The oldest legally licensed driver in U.S. history

" at 105 years of age)


- 1st U.S. performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ premiered in Boston, Mass.


– The 1st time ‘Silent Night’ was sung (Austria)


– George Washington crossed the Delaware River

1492 -

Columbus' ship Santa Maria docked at Dominican Republic
1223 - St. Francis of Assisi assembled 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)


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