What does Christmas taste like?
For me, peppermint candy cane will always signify the Christmas season. This sweet candy is my favorite during a time of celebration with family and friends. I remember being told that the shape represents the shepherd’s staff, the color white signifies the purity and holiness of Jesus and the red stripes remind us of his shed blood given for our forgiveness.
A quick Google search shows numerous sites trying to debunk this Christian narrative. Whether the origin has a secular beginning does not matter to me. The peppermint flavor will always make me think of Christmas, and when I think of Christmas, I remember the birth of our Savior who came humbly to this world to save each and every one of us.
So, during this season, please remember it is not how forcefully or eloquently we argue our beliefs, but the simple humble acts of love and kindness that will share Christ’s message. Just like the taste of a favorite holiday candy.
Brett Confer, elder