“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is arguably one of the best, well-known songs for New Year’s Eve and end of year celebrations. Perhaps, trailing second to the old standard, “Auld Lang Syne”.

This lovely song of love, longing, and romance stirs up just the right kinds of emotions as a year comes to a close.

I’ve gathered up a few of the best recorded versions of the song for everyone to enjoy.

Happy New Year!

 

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Pac-Man Connect and Play

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Clearly nostalgia has hit. At least it has hit me.

Pac-Man Connect and Play is the newest way to play the oldest classic video games. This device allows you connect to your TV. So simple.

It has a total of 12 games you can play: Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, Pac-Man 256, Mappy, Rally-X, Bosconian, Xevious, DigDug, Galaga, Galaxian.

It’s also only about $20.

Perfect for that last minute holiday gift.

Now, where is Ms. Pac-Man?

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Dia De Los Muertos

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Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, also know as Day of the Dead. It’s a beautiful and colorful event that goes from October 31- November 2.

From wikipedia: Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexicanholiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

There are many aspects of the holiday that have become recognized parts of the 3 day experience:

Cemetery visit
Alfeñiques (sugar candies)
Literary calaveras
Day of the Dead bread
Altars
Sawdust and grain carpets
Mexican marigold
Papel picado (paper craft)

At the core of the celebration is honoring the dead. Remembering them every year at this time. The holiday is growing in popularity around the world due to this message of rememberance.

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Coco

 

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It’s a little unusual for me to post about something I haven’t seen yet, but making an exception for COCO, the new Disney Pixar film.

Based on Dia De Los Muertas, Coco folows the story of Miguel, an aspiring musician and his journey to the Land of the Dead. The real family history is revealed through this musical journey.

Additionally, the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated in the film. Family who have passed on are only able to return to the Land of the Living if someone there remembers them. This is why efforts are made to remember and honor the dead so that they can return during the holiday. It is also supposed to help with their spiritual journey.

It’s supposed to be wonderful. What an incredible concept Dia De Los Muertas is in celebrating and honoring loved ones who have past. And now there is a film which celebrates this same idea.

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Below is the entertainment offering at Disney California Adventure called, A Musical Celebration of Coco.

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman is a new film coming out December 25th, 2017 starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. It is also the next film for the writing team of Pasek & Paul who wrote music and lyrics for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

This film is a new musical telling of the tale of PT Barnum and his creation of the circus, The Greatest Show on Earth! as well as the birth of show business. Sure to be filled with incredible songs and performances.  Take a look at the trailer below.

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Dixie Chili

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Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every  visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.

From the website:

Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”

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Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)

It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.

It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.

And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.

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The Humans

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The Humans is a play written by Stephen Karam and it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. It was also a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama in the year of Hamilton.

The story focuses on a family gathering on Thanksgiving in a 2-story duplex in Manhattan. There are strange sounds lurking about as well as family dynamics circling the space.

It was hard to predict where the story was going, the tensions increased as the happenings became more pronounced. But as the plot unfolds, secrets are revealed, pains are shared, common struggles exposed.

Funny, heartbreaking, creepy, and relevant.

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