For those of you who don't know, the Mardi Gras season begins each year on January 6, which in the Catholic Church is King's Day, or Twelfth Night, or the day of Epiphany—the day the three Kings, or wise men, arrived in Bethlehem to pay their respects to the infant Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but we've been burning frankincense in the shop of late. It smells heavenly. 

Here in New Orleans, it kicks off the season of parades and parties and king cake. Lots of king cake (my first of the season came from Hi-Do—they're legit). In previous years I have, of course, made note of it, but it hasn't really infused me with any particular spirit. This year is different. I'm excited about it. I'm excited overall. It feels like the start of something wonderful. I can't recall the last time I felt that way. I'm anticipating a good year for everyone because I can't maintain the energy it takes not to be positive. No, make that I won't give any energy to negativitythere's enough of that going around. 

So Happy Mardi Gras season, everyone. And if you stop by the store between now and March 5, you just might find us enjoying a slice. We'll break you off some.