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I thought of another way to tag candy canes as an alternative to using the Candy Cane Poem.  (See previous post below.)

Hold the candy cane so that it makes a “J”.  Attach tag at the top that says:

“J” is for Jesus.  Merry CHRISTmas!

Please share your ideas, too.  I’d also love to hear about your Candy Cane Crusades for Christ.  You may share publicly here, or send private message to my email:

CHRISTmas blessings to all!


Yep! It’s time to hand out candy canes and spread Christian cheer!

I couldn’t believe it when the pastor said a major department store was commanding employees to not say “Merry Christmas” to customers. Then I noticed stores selling “holiday” trees, not “Christmas” trees.  What?!  Commercialism was cutting Christ out of Christmas!  I felt the need to do something, but what?

It occurred to me that employees might not be allowed to say “Merry Christmas” to me, but I could say it to them! Then I remembered the Legend of the Candy Cane and had the idea of handing out candy canes that symbolize Jesus while saying, “Merry Christmas!”   With that inspiration, I became a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ.  That was nine years ago.   I’m pleased to report that others now join me in this Christmas ministry and THOUSANDS  of candy canes have been given out since!

At first I just gave candy canes to workers at cash registers, drive-thru windows, and anyone who assisted me in stores.  Soon I was giving them to people I met standing in lines, carpool attendants, and delivery people who came to our door.  I discovered  candy canes were an excellent reward for children being good. Candy canes are also good for cheering up cranky children.  They’re great for grumpy grown-ups, too!  I’ve even put candy canes in our newspaper box for passers-by with a note inviting them to help themselves.  (Best to put your batch of candy canes in a zip-lock bag if you do this.)

It’s amazing how something as simple and inexpensive as a candy cane can make such a difference in someone else’s day! They make a difference in my day, too, because I know that every time I share a candy cane, I’m sharing the love of Christ at Christmas.  Others might not know that, but I do, and I pray for them, too.   That’s what being a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ is all about.

Would you like to be a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ?  If so, just start handing out candy canes to those you meet throughout your day and say, “Merry Christmas!” when you do.  It’s that easy!  I keep a baggie of mini candy canes in my pocket or my purse.

You can say a prayer of blessing over the candy canes committing your efforts to Jesus, asking for those who receive the candy canes to be blessed, and offering the goodness of your outreach for Christ.

Often I prepare candy canes with tags that have the Candy Cane poem to share the message of Jesus.  In past years my sons helped me attach tags to candy canes for a  ministry that serves homeless people on Christmas Eve.  We’ve also passed out tagged candy canes to residents  in local assisted living centers and given them to organizations for gift baskets they give to people in need of extra love during the holidays.  Last year a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ shared tagged candy canes through her work in Social Services.

I also give candy canes to friends and associates with the challenge of sharing them with others, recruiting them to be Candy Cane Crusaders for Christ!  The possibilities for being a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ are endless!

Below is the Candy Cane poem.  If you would like to have the poem already typed and ready for cutting into tags, just send a request to me at   I’ll email the document for you to print.  If you don’t have a printer, you can give me your mailing address and I’ll mail printed copies to you.

Look at the Candy Cane, What do you see?

Stripes that are red, Like the blood  shed for me.

White is for my Savior, Who is sinless and pure!

“J” is for Jesus, my Lord, that’s for sure!

Turn it around and a staff you will see,

Jesus, the Shepherd,  born for you and me!


“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”  – Proverbs 16:3    My plans are to share the love of Christ with others for Christmas.  Will you join me?

Merry CHRISTmas!


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