Candy Cane Poem about Jesus

the Legend of the Candy Cane
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Here is a popular poem about the Christmas candy cane and how it can remind us of the Gospel. I have seen this used alongside the legend of the candy cane, but I think it’s better to leave the legend part out. Just use it as an object lesson or children’s sermon for the children. Say, “Let me teach you a poem about the candy cane that will help us to remember Jesus this Christmas season.”

We have prepared a handout of this poem that you can download and print. Each page is divided into four parts and includes the poem alongside a simple graphic of a candy cane.  Click here to download the Candy Cane Poem.

Christmas Candy Cane Poem about Jesus

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’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!

More Christmas Ideas? Browse our Christmas lessonsChristmas crafts, or most popular Christmas printables.

Christmas Coloring pages New for Christmas 2010, Mandy is creating free Advent coloring pages. Each page will have a different coloring sheet to help children think about the meaning of Christmas. When all put together, kids will have a Gospel-centered art project in to celebrate the season.





  1. Tara says

    thank you. Someone sent the poem to me in Christmas card a few years ago, but we will give this as a witness for Christ to the kids that come to our door on October 31st.

  2. Grandma Debbie says

    Thank you so much for your wonderful ministry for children!
    God bless you and Merry Christmas!

  3. valleylily3Mary says

    The truth about the candy cane is that a Catholic priest named Fr. Gregory Harding Keller from the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas invented the machine that shapes candy canes. His brother-in-law, Bob McCormack (the founder of Bob’s Candies in Albany, GA) had begun making candy canes for his children in the 1920’s. A tedious process of twisting the candy without breaking, he sought the advice of his brother-in-law, Fr. Keller on a simple way of making the candy canes.

  4. Mabel Tsigbey says

    Thank God for using you to help us meet the needs of our Sunday school children.

  5. Aizle says

    Praise God for your ministry! I would like to use your poem in spreading the good news this Christmas.

  6. alice says

    Thanks i will have my kids recite this in church. iam blessed by your ministry
    Great blessigs to you and family this season!

  7. nicole says

    Loved the poem never looked at a candy cane that way. i can not wait to teach my kids the poem

  8. says

    Love the poem. Our church is doing Christmas child boxes, and we are going to put this in some of them with candy canes ^_^

  9. says

    Thanks for the comment. It’s a tough issue, but I’d rather be very clear about what legends are false. The true story of Christmas (from the Bible) is what really matters. The candy cane poem is good enough, we don’t need to pretend the candy maker part is real.

  10. Sarah says

    Its a wonderful resource this website and the candy cane lesson is what I was looking for but I can’t believe you linked to that website regarding the legend, it reproduced the story of the legend which I was also looking for but it clearly criticises and negates what your website is doing. I wouldn’t want my children seeing such a condemning account of Christian traditions!

  11. Simone Riley says

    Thank you Tony for the grand ideas you sent me. Each week the children look forward to each exciting lesson. I wish for you and your wonderful staff and Ministry a Blessed Christmas and a Properous New Year. Thanks again.

  12. Danielle Gibson says

    Thank you so much! This was great for the preschool children at my church to recite during a Christmas program.

  13. says

    Thank you for making this available. We have just moved in to the home where I grew up (San Antonio, Tx.), and we’ll be reaching out to our neighbors this Christmas Season and gently remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. In Christ always!

  14. sylviahemming says

    Love the poem. good for Adults who have not got a firm belief as well as children. I am using it on bookmarks and will keep one in my bible.

  15. says

    Thank you so much for making this available. It was exactly what I needed for the children at church on Sunday. Thanks. Merry Christmas.

  16. Irene says

    This is great, very helpful for the Christmas Season.
    Wishing you and your staff a Happy Holiday Season
    with prayer and thanksgiving for the reason to celebrate
    the birth of our Lord and Saviour.

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