The Newest Mardi Gras Tradition The Mardi Gras Tree

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Now of course everyone knows what a Christmas tree is but only people living in the
Deep South have seen a Mardi Gras tree. This is the newest decoration for this festive
time of celebration before Lent begins.

It started as a fluke when someone wouldnt or didnt want to take down their artificial
Christmas tree once the season had passed. So most of the Christmassy type
decorations were removed and those including ones of purple and gold were added
and voila, the Mardi Gras tree was born. It didnt take long for the new tradition caught
on and houses throughout the south began to embrace the newest decoration. Many
homes had long had a traditional Mardi Gras wreath but this was a something else, a
beautiful addition to any party and gathering.

During the two weeks leading up to the big day, green, purple, and gold lights can be
seen twinkling in the windows of house all along the gulf coast. Most residents here
enjoy looking at the lovingly decorated trees and view this as a way to stave off the
dreariness of winter once the joyous Christmas season has passed. Even departments
stores have joined in the practice and continue to sell a small amount of artificial trees
the Christmas season is over. Of course, the decorations that go on a Mardi Gras tree
are a little different from what would go on a Christmas tree, sort of. While the strings
of beads that decorate a Christmas tree tend to be strung around the tree, beads that go
on a Mardi Gras tree are usually of the necklace variety and are strung that way as
well. The garland that goes around the tree is generally hung the same way however,
the color is that of purple rather than red. Moon pies that can also be hung on the tree
as traditional ornaments are hung on a Christmas tree. The best way to do this is leave
the moon pie wrapped in cellophane and use ornament hangers passed through the
plastic. Moon pies come in several flavors and provide colorful and tasty ornaments
for the tree. The traditional moon pie colors (and flavors) include banana yellow,
chocolate brown, vanilla white, and orange orange. These along with various candies
and doubloons are also used on the tree.

Of course, all Mardi Gras trees are currently artificial because the real ones sold for
use at Christmas would have dried out and be brown and wilted. Perhaps sometime in
the near future, those who are bringing Christmas trees will see that there is a market
for real trees during the Mardi Gras season. For now though southern folk simply
adapt and either keep their artificial trees out longer than usual or purchase a separate
one just for the season.

The folks of the gulf coast take their Mardi Gras season celebrations seriously and all
want to make sure their homes and office reflect the festive time for all to enjoy.