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11 Ways To Decorate You Holiday Table With Latino-Themed Decorations That Don’t Break The Bank

The holidays either bring out the worst in people or the very best. There’s the stress of finding the perfect gifts, planning and hosting parties, and the idea of traveling to visit family during the craziest time to travel.

If you keep in mind, however, that the holiday season is meant to be with loved ones and celebrate all of your blessings, then it will put everything in perspective. Besides, holiday stress can easily be fixed with some fine tequila.

If you’re hosting any holiday event this season and you’d like to spruce it up by doing away with the basic Christmas or New Year’s Eve decoration, you can easily glam it up in a Latino-themed style. Why Latino-themed? Because velas, piñatas, and Frida instantly make people happy.

Here are some ideas for your holiday table that will make your guests ooh and ahh, no doubt.

Use any Latin-brand can as a vase.

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We already recycle cans and jars thanks to our abuelas teaching us to. Use those cans and create a unique table setting by adding an eclectic array of your favorite canned Latin goods and using them as vases. The table will instantly have a pop of color and your guests might feel some nostalgia seeing the various cans from their childhoods.

Papel picado as mistletoe.

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Convert any typical holiday decor, like mistletoe, with colorful papel picado. You can hang them around, and also place them bunched together at the center of each table. It’s a colorful and unexpected way to change things up with just a little bit of effort.

Red hot chili wreaths and/or candle holders.

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If you’re not interested in buying dozens upon dozens of red chili peppers to decorate, you can buy fake ones pretty easily. These might look like a little too much but everyone will remember the amazing way you used chili peppers for your holiday decor.

Ribbons and flowers in the colors of your flag.

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Being Mexican makes this one super easy since the color scheme is the same but you can always add some ribbons to your poinsettias. Give your guests and familia a little something special with the colors of your family’s flag all over the place.

A sarape table cloth.

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By replacing a random tablecloth with a sarape, you can quickly transform the vibe from a boring holiday party to a poppin’ fiesta. Simple. Cheap. Cultural.

Extra sarape material? Use it as stocking name cards.

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Cut a stocking pattern on cardboard or poster board and wrapping it with sarape material. Then write people’s names on the white portion, and bam! Instant name cards.

Create festive cornhusks for coasters, candle holders and/or wreaths.

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Click here for a YouTube tutorial that shows how to make these cute cornhusk decorations. Just remember to wrap your color ribbon as well. There is something so special about seeing handmade decorations.

Nacimiento centerpieces are guaranteed to please.

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This particular centerpiece may seem a little complicated but it’s just an example of how to craft any sort of arrangement. This nacimiento can easily be recreated at your local Color Me Mine. You can also get an inexpensive basket and put your nativity scene inside and place them as centerpieces, this way people can take them home!

Concha coasters or ornaments.

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These conchas, made out of felt (which you can get at your local craft store), can be created to use as coasters! For an extra flair use glitter to make them more festive.

A bottle of tequila, a couple of poinsettias, and a sarape runner.

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This table setting looks stunning and can be easily replicated. Aside from the bottle of tequila, which you’ll need anyway, and the poinsettias, you can add your favorite Latin candy, candles, and a Latin-themed runner.

La Virgen de Guadalupe velas and mini-candles.

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The table setting above may look like it’s ready to celebrate Day of the Dead, but it can certainly work for the holidays. All you have to do is replace the orange flowers, with red roses, or poinsettias. Then adorn the center of the table with Virgen de Guadalupe velas that you can get at the grocery store or just click here.

Good luck, and happy holidays!


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Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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We are in a new era in which women are demanding equal pay and saying enough is enough when it comes to sexual abuse. It’s a new stance that stems from the “Me Too” Movement and the “Women’s March” that shows women do not have to take it anymore. If you are woke you cannot be inappropriate. If you’re a fan of the cancel culture, then it’s time to shut out things from the past than don’t get a free pass any longer, including some of your most favorite things.

In light of the “Me Too” movement and canceling men who are too aggressive, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have released a new version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” that puts men and women on equal footing.

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The old classic Christmas song is part of Legend’s new Christmas special on Dec. 1 called “Christmas Under The Stars” that will air on BYUtv. Legend said it was time to change the original version because that song wasn’t acceptable anymore. Legend wrote the song with actress Natasha Rothwell from “Insecure.”

Before we discuss the new version, here’s the original version, which was written in 1944. 

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The song, written by Frank Loesser, became a hit after it was featured in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.” It was performed by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán. It also went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 22nd Academy Awards. The scene shows actress Williams attempting to leave and Montalbán’s character is trying to persuade her to stay. 

Here’s a portion of the problematic lyrics:

The neighbors might think, (baby, it’s bad out there)/ Say, what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)/ I wish I knew how, your eyes are like starlight now (To break this spell), I’ll take your hat, (your hair looks swell)/ I ought to say no, no, no, (mind if I move in closer?)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried, (what’s the sense in hurting my pride?)/ I really can’t stay, (baby don’t hold out)/ Ah, but it’s cold outside.

Interestingly enough, this song wasn’t supposed to be in the film at all. The movie would have featured another Loesser song called “(I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China.” However, the song was replaced because the studio felt it was inappropriate. They instead included “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” So, even back then they understood what would be seen as offensive. However, they had no issue with singing about a woman that is forced to stay with a man.

Here is the new politically correct/ anti-rape version of the song. 

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Here are some of the lyrics. 

“I really can’t stay (Baby, it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (But, I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (I’m so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)/ My mom will start to worry (I’ll call the car and tell him to hurry)/ My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what are you still livin’ at home for?)/ So, really, I’d better scurry (Your driver, his name is Murray)/ But maybe just a half a drink more (Oh, we’re both adults, so who’s keepin’ score?)/

AND

I ought to say, “No, no, no, sir” (Then you really ought to go, go, go)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried (Well, Murray, he just pulled up outside)/

AND

I simply should go (Text me when you get home)/ Oh I’m supposed to say no (Mm, I guess that’s respectable)/ This welcome has been (I’ve been lucky that you dropped in)/ So nice and warm (But you better go before it storms).

You get the point. 

The obvious difference between the original and the new version is that the male isn’t insisting that she stays. If she wants to leave, he is helping her do just that, and not forcing her to stay. 

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Legend tweeted, “New version of #BabyItsColdOutside! A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok & destroying everything great in the history of music?’ (🙄). You decide.”

So what does the world think about this new version for the Me Too era?

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It’s actually a mixed bag. Some people like it, some don’t.

At least one person has an issue with the new song because of this lyric…

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So, we guess Legend is now shaming people who still live at home? Wow.

But if you’re seriously not into the new version, it’s okay, you can still listen to the old one.

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Then again, it looks like Legend and Clarkson got rid of the old song for good.

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Lizzo Fans Did Some Digging And Found Out That Lizzo Once Did A Holiday Song And It Totally Slaps

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Lizzo Fans Did Some Digging And Found Out That Lizzo Once Did A Holiday Song And It Totally Slaps

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Mariah Carey has dubbed it official, the holiday tunes season is here and it’s time to blast al of the jingle bell rocks and adoring songs about Santa. On the heels of the chanteuse’s announcement, Black queen and power songstress Lizzo has announced that she is ready to have her music inducted into the Christmas canon. 

In a post to her Twitter page earlier this week, the “Truth Hurts” singer informed fans that she has a Christmas Song.

In celebration of the Christmas season, Lizzo shared with friends on Twitter that she intact has a Christmas song by writing “I HAVE A CHRISTMAS SONG.”

Sí mi gente, it turns out the maker of some of the best lyrics gone viral this year has an actual honest-to-god Christmas album. The sad news is that your sorry ears are kind of late to the game. It’s true, the singer released a delightful song for the cuffing-season anthem, a song called “Never Felt Like Christmas,” way back in 2015. The festive and romantic song contains sees Lizzo sing about “Sugar plums and candy canes, they did nothing for me / You could find me home alone and ordering Chinese / But now I save that old fruit cake ’cause there’s enough for two / It never felt like Christmas ’til I spent it with you.” 

PLEASE SANTA let Lizzo release a 2019 Part II of the song because we need the holiday beats!

The holiday bop might not be particularly new, but it is new to fans who have only recently come to adore the singer this year. 

In her 2015 song, Lizzo shares a song that speaks to the charming and exhausting aspects of the Christmas season including “carolers singing off-key” and “50-something street.”

Speaking about the song, Lizzo shared with fans on her Youtube Channel her reason for originally writing the holiday beat.

“I’ve always loved Christmas music. Working in retail deferred my love for it, but time heals all wounds. Ricky Reed and I really enjoyed ourselves in the studio trying to reimagine the modern-day Christmas love story. Not everybody’s in the Christmas spirit these days, but love can give even the biggest Scrooge a little holiday cheer.” the singer wrote. ” 

Fans of Lizzo are already rooting for her song to be a classic, just like a certain Christmas Queen who came before her. 

“Best Christmas pop song in a long time! Brilliant! I’m fa-la-la-la-ling in love with this song!” one user wrote in the comments section of her song’s post. 

Still waiting for this gem to be on spotify. Also waiting for Lizzo to come to Montreal 🤧,” Shadey.xo said in another comment. 

Another sweet post commented I like this song. But I don’t know the lyrics. Please tell me the lyrics for studying English. Thank you..” Which TBH listening to Lizzo to learn English is the sweetest thing.

There’s no doubt, Lizzo has a knack for turning words into a number one hit.

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Not long before Lizzo took a DNA test that revealed she was in fact, 100 percent that b*tch, sis left her heartbroken like the rest of us mortals. Turns out that shitty ex-boyfriends happen even to the best of us. 

In case you missed it, Lizzo got personal with Billboard and revealed that the song actually came from a bad breakup. The singer-rapper-flutist disclosed that “Truth Hurts” —an anthem against good-for-nothing men—came from heartbreak and tears; “That’s how hit records are made. They’re made from the heart. They’re made from tears. They’re made from fears. And they’re made from happy endings.”

Lizzo went into the studio after receiving an upsetting voicemail and didn’t even want to be there.

Not long before Lizzo took a DNA test that revealed she was in fact, 100 percent that b*tch, sis left her heartbroken like the rest of us mortals. Turns out that shitty ex-boyfriends happen even to the best of us. 

In case you missed it, Lizzo got personal with Billboard and revealed that the song actually came from a bad breakup. The singer-rapper-flutist disclosed that “Truth Hurts” —an anthem against good-for-nothing men—came from heartbreak and tears; “That’s how hit records are made. They’re made from the heart. They’re made from tears. They’re made from fears. And they’re made from happy endings.”

Lizzo went into the studio after receiving an upsetting voicemail and didn’t even want to be there.

The singer told Billboard that when she went into the studio to record, two years ago, she had just been dumped…over the phone, and didn’t even want to be there. “I was so upset and depressed and sad,” she remembers. The singer went on to retell how she had just received a voicemail from a guy telling her not to call him anymore because he was getting back together with his ex. Gives more meaning to the words “Don’t text me, tell it straight to my face,” right?

As Lizzo was telling producer Ricky Reed all about the Minnesota Vikings player in her DMs and having to wash her ex out of her hair, she noticed as she was talking, that Reed was writing. When she asked what he was doing, he replied, “I hope you know you just wrote a song.” Everything fell into place from there.