Many families have a tradition of providing a keepsake Christmas ornament for each child on their first Christmas, and typically every year after. Each year, top silver manufacturers like Gorham & Wallace release their annual ornaments, vying to take top place among your list for traditional Christmas ornaments on your 2022 Christmas tree.
One of the best parts of decorating for Christmas is decking out your Christmas tree with the lights, accessories, and of course, your favorite ornaments. Whether you love to mix-and-match, or you keep it nice and simple, ornaments eventually hold a soft spot in your heart.
The 2021 Wallace Candy Cane is just one of the many classic ornaments that we offer at Silver Superstore. This piece has been released annually for decades, but where did it get its start?
A Brief History Of The Candy Cane
If a legend dating to 1670 is to be believed, the first candy cane was the brainchild of a German church choirmaster. Hoping to keep the little ones quiet during a reenactment of the Nativity, he asked a local confectioner to make what he described as “sugar sticks” for them.To justify doling out treats in church, the choirmaster suggested adding a crook at the top; with any luck, that would inspire the children to reflect on the humble shepherds in the scene.
This lovely story may have some basis in truth, but the first stick candies didn’t debut until confectioners competed for prizes at an exhibition in Massachusetts in 1837. The earliest recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick was published in 1844, and there’s mention made of a candy cane in an 1866 literary work. Candy canes as we now know them didn’t show up on Christmas trees until the early 1880s.