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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.

CREDIT: Hinojosa Family Lights – Boerne, TX

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

Posted by Hinojosa Family Lights – Boerne, TX on Friday, December 16, 2016

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!

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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’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Is Already Everywhere And It Is Only October

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Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Is Already Everywhere And It Is Only October

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It is a fact that 2020 has tested us more than any year before. Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. There is a virus keeping us home, wildfires are ravaging the West Coast, and, well, politics. It is only October and people are finding solace in a likely unlikely place: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

It is October and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has already been No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

Only Mariah Carey could have a Christmas song make it to the No. 1 spot months before Christmas. We can only speculate that the state of the world right now is making people crave something joyous and jolly. And, tbh, if you are reading this you have either secretly listened to the song, are currently listening to the song, or know someone who is already listening to this song.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” reached No. 1 for the first time last year. The song, written in 1994, took 25 years for the song to make it to No 1 and that is just a travesty of epic proportions. However, it is never too late to truly appreciate the truly important cultural touchstones of our society.

Carey’s greatest song is literally taking over people.

Those first few notes just make the whole world hit differently, in all honesty. Not to mention that Christmas is more Christmas-y when “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is playing. The air gets colder and there are suddenly sleigh bells ringing in the distance. The iconic Christmas song is a very important part of American culture and history.

Even the kids are rocking out to “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

It seems that the anthem for this Halloween is “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” This is not up for debate, according to Twitter. People are all spending time listening to this holiday bop as a way to make the year go a little bit faster and end 2020 without anymore damage.

So many people are being forced to listen to the song because of those around them.

There is nothing wrong with celebrating the holidays early. Everyone is just trying to make it through the remaining months of 2020 with some kind of comfort. If that comfort comes from one of the greatest songs ever created on this planet, then that’s okay too.

If you need to mix it up, there is no lack of covers out there to enjoy.

There is the Dolly Parton/Jimmy Fallon version, but they are not the only ones. You can also check out Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, and Idina Menzel giving their own spins on the holiday classic. Yes, classic. Like Carey, this song will likely outlive every single one of us.

You can check out the original music video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You” below.

Oh, and there is a 2019 version so there goes your weekend.

READ: Here Is How Much Money Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Has Raked In For Her In The New Year

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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For the first time in 114 years, the Times Square New Years Eve party has been canceled. The famous New Year’s Eve gathering is a major part of the New Year’s Eve celebration with people cramming into Times Square to watch the ball drop to mark the new year. This year, everything about the celebration is changing because of Covid.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square has been canceled.

The in-person celebration with crowds packing into the intersection to watch the ball drop is going virtual. Like the Emmys earlier this month, and countless other events, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is all virtual. The decision to cancel the in-person part of the Times Square Ball Drop is, well, Covid, of course.

“One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development — will take place in Times Square. And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are.”

We still don’t have a lot of details about the virtual aspect of New Year’s Eve, we are all waiting.

According to a statement, the organizers realize that Covid has been the dominating force of 2020. The celebration always includes aspects of the major events from the previous year into the experience. The socially distanced handful of honorees and lack of an audience is a clear representation of the still real Covid crisis.

Some people are really upset about the decision to cancel the celebration.

It is one of those iconic moments so many people dream of doing. It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for so many. The Times Square Ball Drop is something that most Americans recognize thanks to the dominant role the ball drop played on New Year’s Eve growing up. It is basically tradition to have the NYE party playing on the TV.

New Yorkers are confused about why anyone would want to do that.

New Yorkers avoid Times Square at all costs. It isn’t a convenient or super enjoyable part of town. It is packed with tourists who don’t know where they are going and NYE is about the worst it gets for Times Square. Now, the ball drop is impressive and something so many people consider an iconic moment in the holiday celebration.

“We will miss everyone this year but we will bring our celebration to you, whether you want to turn off and turn away from the bad news of 2020, or turn to the new year with a sense of hope, renewal and resolution, you’ll be able to join us virtually like never before as part of the Times Square 2021 celebration,” Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, said in a statement.

But, mainly, people just want 2020 to be over.

This year has been a hard year for so many. People have lost their jobs and their loved ones as the virus runs through the U.S. Covid-19 is still a real threat to people, especially the vulnerable population.

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