December 6th is celebrated as St. Nicholas Day.
The candy cane is often associated with St. Nicholas because he would bend the sweet treat in the form of a shepherd's staff and give it to children attending church. Being a Bishop, St. Nicholas would have carried a crosier, or hook shaped staff, as a shepherd of his people. Thus, making the candy cane a perfect symbol of this patron saint and protector of children.
Traditionally, candy canes are red and white. The thick red stripe represents the blood of Jesus; the white represents His purity. The three thin stripes on the candy cane represent the Holy Trinity and the "J" shape represents the name of Jesus.
HAPPY SAINT NICHOLAS DAY!