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Texas Family Puts On Holiday Show With 100,000 Lights And Music By Selena And ‘Coco’

One of the best parts of celebrating the holidays is seeing how festive people can get with their home decorations. It’s pretty amazing to see how far people will go to outdo their neighbors or to show how important Christmas is to them. Mostly, though, a spectacular light show is all about entertaining the public. Who hasn’t spent hours in the car with the family looking at everyone’s lights? Well, there’s one Texas family that outdoes everyone every year.

For the past four years, the Hinojosa family in Boerne, Texas, have been putting on an incredible Christmas light show.

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Beto Hinojosa told NBC News last year that it takes roughly two months to put the show together.

“The sequencing is the most time consuming since you have to perfectly align the music to the lights within the software. Family, friends, and neighbors all come over to help when they can,” the elementary school principal said.

However, it’s only been in the past two years that their incredible holiday light show has attracted so much attention.

Christmas Veteran's Tribute – Boerne Parks & Recreation Department

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Back in 2016, the family put up a light show that paid tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen of the U.S. military.

Beto told KENS5 that the majority of the designs on his lawn are handmade, adding that all you need is PVC pipe, rebar, and Christmas lights to put on a show.

Eight months ago, the family asked their community on Facebook which songs they would like them to play this year.

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Looks they had a lot of input too. Some of the contenders were Michael Jackson, Despacito, Bruno Mars, and others.

But it seems like the winner was a favorite from last year.

For the second year in a row, the Hinojosa family will be setting their light show music to Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”

Selena fans, of course, had to see this show for themselves. Click on the third slide to see the video. To watch the entire show click here.

The show also features “Un Poco Loco,” “Remember Me” and others from the Pixar film “Coco.”

Coco Soundtrack Mix to Christmas Lights!

Your favorite Coco hits synced to Christmas Lights!Support our cause and help make someone's Christmas a little brighter! https://www.gofundme.com/hinojosalights

Posted by Hinojosa Family Lights – Boerne, TX on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This portion of the show is almost four minutes long and worth every minute.

To see the show for yourself head to 140 Shadow Knolls in Boerne, Texas, Sunday through Thursday between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (not on rainy days). The show will run through Jan. 6.

This Christmas the Hinojosa family is upping their show by adding 40,000 more lights, bringing a total of 100,000 lights on their property.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We added a few more songs and lights this year. 🙂 Not quite done, but show starts this weekend through January 6th. Come on by! #tuneto93.1 #christmaslights #bidibidibombom

Posted by Hinojosa Family Lights – Boerne, TX on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

While the Hinojosa family graciously puts on this massive show to entertain the public they are putting out a donation box. Funds collected will go toward the Warrior Chef, an organization that helps veterans and their families.

READ: 20 Reasons The Holidays Are Nada Ni Nada Without Our Primos

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Mariah Carey Is Re-Issuing Her ‘Merry Christmas’ Album With New Content And The Internet Is Losing Its Mind

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Mariah Carey Is Re-Issuing Her ‘Merry Christmas’ Album With New Content And The Internet Is Losing Its Mind

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Mariah Carey is a cultural stalwart. Endlessly entertaining and undeniably talented, it’s impossible for Carey to stay out of the spotlight for too long. This year, the elusive chanteuse herself has, again, cemented her status as The Queen of Christmas by gifting us all with an exciting new project. 

The Afro-Venezuelan songstress took to Twitter with some big news about a new album of hers that’s on the horizon. 

On Monday, Carey announced that she would be re-issuing her 1994 holiday album “Merry Christmas” in honor of the 25th Anniversary of its release.

Writing out the information on her mirror in red lipstick (naturally), Carey revealed the details of the revamped album. Dressed in a silk robe, MC explained that the double-album would be released on November 1st and was available for pre-order immediately. According to Carey, along with the reissued album, her website would be selling Mariah Carey-themed holiday merchandise and other “stuff” geared towards her die-hard fans.

According to her website, the double-album will include the original “Merry Christmas” album on the first CD. The second CD, however, will have “rare remixes, previously unreleased live tracks from Mariah’s 1994 St. John the Divine concert, and Mariah’s brand-new, festive rendition of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. For those of us who don’t follow Mimi as closely as her “lambily” does, the St. John the Divine concert was a 1994 performance at Harlem’s historic cathedral where Carey (then in peak vocal form) apparently brought the house down with her musical prowess. Up to this point, the only song that has been released from that night, however, is “Joy to the World”. Needless to say, fans are very excited about these songs that have heretofore been locked away. 

Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album has been monumental in its success, having sold 15 million copies worldwide and becoming the best-selling Christmas album of all time.

And of course, the album’s lead single, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, has become a cultural phenomenon. Not only has the original song garnered countless covers and remixes from other singers, but it has surpassed its status as a holiday song to become the 12th best-selling single of all time. Not to mention, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has charted on the Billboard Hot 100 every holiday season since its release. 

For many people, celebrating Christmas with Mariah Carey has become a yearly tradition. It’s no wonder that Carey chooses to update and re-release the album every few years to keep milking her cash cow. We don’t blame her! And although she may be reluctant to take on the title of “Queen of Christmas”, its undeniable that her songs are inextricable from the holiday celebration.

In a surprise that came to no one, Mariah Carey fans flooded Twitter with their unbridled excitement.

Mimi certainly knows how to whip up anticipation for her projects. We have a feeling MC knew that the long-awaited release of her 1994 St. John the Divine would send her fans into a frenzy.

It didn’t take long for MC’s fans to get right into the holiday spirit.

It’s not even October yet and we’re already putting up our stockings and hanging our mistletoe. 

This Latino was almost too excited about the announcement to get his words out: 

Just another reason for us to open up our wallets for The Queen of Christmas. Take our money! Take all of it!

This Twitter user had a genius idea for a bonus track on the new album.

We think this is a fantastic idea. After all, Carey is obviously open to collaboration, having recorded a duet of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with Justin Bieber. If a Lil Nas X collab happened, we would be able to go to our graves with a smile on our face.

This MC-stan spoke on behalf of all the fans that had been curious about her secretive concert for a long time.

If her 1994 performance is anything like her other performances circa the mid-90s, we know that this album will be well worth the money. 

As for us, we have to agree with what Mimi said on Monday about how she feels about celebrating the holidays in September: “I’m almost but not quite ready to celebrate Christmas yet. We’ve gotta get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first”. Amen. But as soon as November 1st rolls around, we’ll be ready to kick-off Christmas with her new double-album. 

A Latina Threw A ‘Coco’ Themed Party For Her Quinceañera And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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A Latina Threw A ‘Coco’ Themed Party For Her Quinceañera And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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It’s an understatement to say that the beloved Disney movie “Coco” has inspired a generation. Not only do the themes of family and acceptance resonate across all age groups, but the movie’s vibrant colors and catchy musical numbers make it the perfect movie to entertain the whole family. As well all know, the film was created as sort of a love letter to Mexico and Mexican culture. 

In some Latinx families, watching it has become a sort of tradition. 

Many “Coco” fans will tell you that the movie isn’t just a movie–it’s a way of life. 

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The movie has obviously hit a chord with the younger set, inspiring endless amounts of musical covers, artwork, and blog posts. And of course, the movie has also become a huge hit in the theme-party racket. A simple Pinterest search will turn up dozens of photos of children’s’ birthday parties inspired by the hit Disney musical. When it comes to throwing a “Coco”-themed party, the artistic possibilities are endless!

But the most recent act reverence for the acclaimed film may be the most exciting one yet.

While many Latinas have quinceañeras that end up being more of their mother’s vision than their own, it looks like one lucky Latina got to take the reigns on her special day.  Recently on Twitter, a super-fan shared pictures with the film’s director of  a “Coco”-themed quinceañera. The party was complete with calacas, candy, and ofrendas–all of which brought to mind specific parts of the movie.

via @rc_olivas/Twitter

The birthday girl’s cousin shared the pictures to Twitter tagging the film’s director Lee Unkrich and asking Unrich if he liked it. Olivas shared four photos (although we would love to see more), of different parts of the party’s decor.

Needless to say, the pictures are a sight to behold.

It’s obvious from how intricate the decorations are that someone put in an incredible amount of work. We all know that many Latinx families spare no expense when they’re throwing a Quinceañera, but the amount of effort put into this one may just take the cake.

Just look at this beautiful “Coco”-themed ofrenda:

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If you look closely, you can see that one ofrenda has pictures of what are (presumably) family members that have passed. But on another ofrenda, the people in the photos are all characters from the movie. 

So much thought was put into the fictional ofrendas that the only characters displayed are ones that Miguel meets in the afterlife:

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As you can see in the display, great-grandma Coco sits in the middle. Then, there are Tío Oscar and Tío Felipe in the background, and Tía Rosita on the left. And of course, we couldn’t forget the infamous torn photo of Miguel’s great-grandfather, Hector, on the right. It looks like this family didn’t leave anyone out!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a “Coco” without Miguel’s guitar being featured prominently on one display:

via @rc_olivas/Twitter

You can truly tell that this quinceañera’s decorations were a labor of love. The amount of detail that was paid attention to is inspiring. We wish this movie had been around when we turned fifteen!

And of course, the true piece de resistance was the cake, that has the signature “Coco”lettering emblazoned on the top:

via @rc_olivas/Twitter

We can just imagine all of the photos the birthday girl was forced to take standing in front of this. And although we know that it’s a tradition in many families, we don’t want to imagine this cake being destroyed at all! It’s truly a work of art.

As for the director, he responded to Olivas’s tweet with the perfect response:

Unkrich must be proud to know that they movie he helped create is helping Latinos truly celebrate their own culture. Latinas from generations past have not been lucky enough to have movies that starred Latinx characters with a well-rounded identity. In the past, Latinos have been sidled with watching stereotypical renditions of themselves onscreen from drug-dealers to “Mexican Spitfires”. “Coco” puts all of those stereotypes aside and simply tells a story where Latinos are shown for their humanity.

It’s moments like this prove that the movie “Coco” is more than just another children’s movie–it’s a piece of art that has touched people’s lives. This further proves that seeing art that reflects you and your culture is so important. Not only does it make  you feel seen in the world, but it can make you appreciate your culture so much more. This is especially true for marginalized groups.