Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Baby Jesus Cake.
One of the more significant differences between here and there is the lack of Mardi Gras celebration "up north."
While our conservative Southern Baptist family is Protestant to the T, we still make room in our hearts, religions and tummies for king cake each year, so it was pretty important to us to introduce my nephew to king cake as early as possible.
Caleb's friend reacted the way any Yankee -- ahem, I mean non-coastal person -- would, and firmly said no.
Who wants a piece of cake that sounds like it's made from the baby Jesus? No thank you!
However, Caleb's little-boy-terminology makes me think each time I remember it.
King cakes' inclusion of the plastic baby representing Jesus isn't just random; it's symbolic. While the whole point of Mardi Gras has been wildly exaggerated into a Bourbon Street perspective by the general public, its roots stem from the devout reverence for the many sacrifices that Jesus made for us.