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Even Though The Cast Of ‘Home Alone’ Didn’t Include Any Latinos, These Are The 9 Ways I Could Totally Relate To The Movie

One of my favorite Christmas movies growing up was “Home Alone” — you know, the film about a wealthy white family that plans a holiday trip to Paris but accidentally leaves their son at home. Although my family isn’t white nor wealthy enough to afford holiday trips to Europe, there are moments throughout “Home Alone” that totally reminded me of my Latino family…

This opening scene where the entire family is scrambling trying to get ready for their vacation trip is totally my family.

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It doesn’t matter how much time we have to prepare for a family trip, we always end up rushing last minute. And it’s a hot mess. This happens before trips, before a family party, before misa and every day before going to school.

Before jumping into their big van (also relatable) the McCallisters do a head count, which is pretty funny, but required when traveling with my huge family.

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When people see my family they think we’re on a school field trip because of how many of us there are.

The scene where Kevin tricks the burglars into thinking his family is home, is the EXACT same security technique my family follows every time we’re away.

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We didn’t have the money to buy security systems. Our security technique involved leaving the lights and television on, that way it seemed like there are people home.

When Kevin’s mom wasn’t around, he found the perfect recipe to cook: mac-n-cheese for dinner. That is spot-on what my meals looked like when I was in college and didn’t have my mom around.

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I lived on Cup-o-noodles, mac-n-cheese and quesadillas because mom wasn’t around.

The most infuriating part about having siblings is when they eat all your food. I’ve definitely felt the same as Kevin when his brother eats  his favorite cheese pizza — in front of him!

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I would’ve punched him on the spot. You don’t mess with my food.

But the difference is, I tend to react a little more like this:

Don’t. Mess. With. My food!!

Because of the love-hate relationship I have with my siblings, the booby traps Kevin sets on the burglars are inspiration for pranks I pulled on my brothers.

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Muahaha. ?

And the way Kevin defends himself from the burglars reminds me of some advice my parents have always given me as a kid, which is: “No te dejes.”

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If there was ever a kid at my school that was bothering me, my parents always told me to defend myself and never let anyone push me around.

Kevin’s mom also has some great guilt-tripping skills like my mom.

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This sounds a lot like my mom when she says: “Que van hacer el día que yo me muera…”

But the final scene of “Home Alone” hits home for me the most.

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Because I know the holidays wouldn’t be complete without my big Latino family.


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How does “Home Alone” remind you of your family?

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These Christmas Pictures We Were Forced To Take As Kids Is What You Call Holiday Spirit

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These Christmas Pictures We Were Forced To Take As Kids Is What You Call Holiday Spirit

When it comes to the holiday season in December, some people like to go Christmas caroling, ice-skating, or skiing and others like to take very cheesy holiday pictures. Here are just a few examples that prove how over-the-top these photoshoots can get…

Capturing the perfect holiday picture takes a lot of work, patience and of course, a big cheesy smile.

That giant bow is everything.

If there’s a Christmas tree around, chances are you’ll be forced to stand by it for a picture.

CREDIT: JORGE RODRIGUEZ-JIMENEZ

Say cheeeeeeese. ?

Whether you want to take the picture or not, all you can do is awkwardly stand there and smile for the camera.

CREDIT: LAURA DI LORENZO

And don’t forget to wear your best outfit.

If you have siblings, you run the risk of having to wear matching holiday outfits.

CREDIT: JASMINE PEREZ

Matching pigtails too! Twins from head to toe.

But sometimes fluffy matching hair bows is enough.

CREDIT: STEPHANIE LORENZO

It’s all about that plaid, red design.

If there’s one thing you can learn from these photoshoots, it’s that accessories are everything.

CREDIT: MARIBEL ESCALANTE-PEREZ

I hated being forced to hug my brother for a picture.

Whether it’s a Santa hat or a Christmas tree hat, it’s these little details that up your holiday swag.

CREDIT: JESSICA V. GARCIA

BTW that hat is made by hand with green construction paper and polyester pom poms.

But the biggest accessory of all is Santa Claus. The mall version.

CREDIT: ALEX ZARAGOZA

Every year you see all of the señoras lined up at the mall with their kids for this picture with Santa.

Even though these photoshoots can be over-the-top and exhausting…

CREDIT: CECILYA BARBA

Because, go big or go home.

…They make the most adorable Christmas cards (and slightly embarrassing memories). ?

CREDIT: CECILYA BARBA

Happy Holidays! ?


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