Gift Station

Instructions

Unwrap the gift and find a sweet surprise! Don’t forget to put the lid on the box and tie the ribbon for the next group.

Reflection

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

… When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2: 8-10

He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:11

Simple

This Christmas treat is in a shape that reminds us of a shepherd’s crook or staff – the stick shepherds used to guide their sheep. Reflect on the role of the shepherds in the story of Jesus’ birth. How important do you think shepherds were in society at the time? Why did God choose the shepherds to receive the angels’ message? How would it have felt to be a shepherd seeing and hearing a sky full of angels? Reflect on how the news of the angels is good news to you and those in your world today.

Go deeper

It is a bit of a mystery as to whether candy canes have always had a spiritual meaning or whether one was added after they were introduced to bring an extra layer of significance to this Christmas tradition. But whatever the history this yummy Christmas treat reminds us of a few things about the Christmas story:

 many people have associated the crook-style with the shepherd’s staff. Shepherds who appeared at the nativity most likely had staffs in a similar shape.

The colours can also have meaning. White in the bible typically symbolises purity. Red symbolises Jesus’ blood shed for us on the cross. Some candy canes also have green which can mean new growth in Christ.