It’s Week 21 in the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. This week’s topic is the best gift we ever got.
It’s too difficult to choose a “best gift,” so I will go with most unusual gift.
One year, my husbad was at Mardi Gras in New Orleans while I was back home in Pennsylvania, slogging away at my insurance job. He must have felt sorry for me and sent me a king cake. These cakes have been around for hundreds of years to celebrate Epiphany, hence the name that commemorates the visit of the three kings to the Christ Child. The cake tradition eventually extended to Mardi Gras.
This particular specimen was a 9 by 13 cake frosted in the traditional yellow, purple, and green colors. King cakes also come with a surprise. Baked inside is a tiny plastic baby. This was originally a representation of Baby Jesus. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby is supposed to provide the next cake.
Oddly enough, the first romance I ever wrote included both an unhappy insurance job and New Orleans. I can’t remember if I ever finished it, but I bet it is hidden in the dark recesses of a drawer somewhere. If I work up the nerve, I may take a gander at it. Some day.
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