We traveled to Gulfport, MS over My Favorite Domer’s month-long Christmas Break.
Visiting family, shopping, trying new restaurants, walking outside in warmer temperatures — all that sounded pretty good. Besides, Domer had to fly from there to Miami for the
sorry lousy miserable National Championship slaughter game.
One fascinating difference between Central Illinois and the Mississippi Gulf Coast is their propensity to partay. Not that Illinoisans don’t like to have fun; just that we’re a bit tamer about it!
Anyway, as soon as New Year’s Day is over, folks down south bring out their Mardi Gras decor’ — and it’s especially obvious when Lent begins early as it does this year (Feb. 13).
It’s like they put Christmas back in the attic or storeroom and haul out Carnival.
They bedeck their houses with purple, gold, and green garlands; hang lavish wreathes on their front doors; begin attending (and hosting) fancy formal parties; and some scramble for cheap plastic beads and other collectibles during a plethora of parades.
Of course, that’s easier there than here. After all, they don’t have snow on the ground!
Another thing that’s popular during Carnival season is the King Cake. This delicacy happens to be one of Domer’s favorites, and his grandmother never fails to make sure he gets one.
This year was no exception.
And guess who else happens to love cake? Any cake, not just the King variety?
Dallas! Witness his patience while Domer partakes of a hefty slice: