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Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ Not Just for Kids

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For the past few years, Disney has been turning our favorite classic stories into live-action films.  These revivals remind us that sometimes, kids movies aren’t just for kids. In theaters this holiday season is Disney Pixar’s Coco, a beautifully animated film that takes place in Mexico. Lucky for us, the companion book Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family, has been released for us, as well! Twelve-year old Miguel Rivera just wants to be a famous musician, like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, the most famous musician and film star in Mexico’s history. But Miguel’s family has a generation-old ban on music, and tell him to focus on the shoe-making shop that family runs, instead. A desperate attempt to prove his musical…

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What it Means to Celebrate Day of the Dead – Plus! Sugar Skull Makeup

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The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is believed that on The Day of the Dead, spirits of deceased family members return to earth to partake in the day’s festivities. The day includes a variety of traditional foods, including sugar skulls, or Calaveras, and special bread called pan de muerto. People celebrating the day also build and decorate altars in their homes for their loved ones with various offerings to the spirits including candy, food, beverages and other things their loved ones enjoyed in life. It is believed that if the spirits are made happy by what they are offered, they will give the family good…

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