Every January 6th brings a magical change to our home. 12th Night, or the Epiphany, marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season, and as a girl born and raised in New Orleans, it's a very special time of year. Our Christmas golds, reds, and greens are traded out for the majestic purples, greens, and golds. Jazz music is played with more frequency, King Cakes begin to make their debut's, and if you catch us at the right time you just may find us dancing a Second Line around our home.
It's true that I haven't lived at home in many years, but the spirit of the city is deeply rooted within my soul. Traditions that my parents introduced me to have been carried down to my children, and hopefully, the appreciation for them has been as well. We all anticipate the arrival of our first King Cake from Haydel's and the sweetness of the icing and sugars as they melt on our tongues. There aren't many foods that inspire such happiness.
We don't go overboard with our decorations, but we do incorporate the essentials of what makes Mardi Gras so fun. The masks, beads, and wild accessories are playful touches that really get the children excited. All right, the adults get really excited, too. We've been very blessed to have family and friends at home continue to feed our enthusiasm every year.
Now that the children are almost 14 & 6 I think next year may be the one to see our return during Mardi Gras. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with family, friends, and all of New Orleans.
Who's with me?