I can only logically come up with the answer that I think this new obsession started last year sometime when my daughters and I watched the animated movie The Book of Life with the voices of
Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate and Zoe Saldana. It came out in October two years ago and there was just something about the movie that made me fall in love. I’ve always loved bright colors and bright colored flowers but add in the skulls…I don’t know. Something about the juxtaposition of the skulls and the flowers…I’m just really drawn to it. They are called Sugar Skulls and check it out…according to Wikipedia: A calavera (Spanish –pronounced: [kalaˈβeɾa] for “skull“) is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. And what is Day of the Dead? (Día de los Muertos) Again, according to Wikipedia: “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday 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.”
So last year on one of our Walt Disney World Resort trips, we went to Epcot. In Epcot, we stopped in Mexico in World Showcase and they have this small section of Day of the Dead stuff in the Mexico Pavilion. I wanted to buy it all!!! But that won’t come as a shock to anyone who knows me, that’s me. When I am INTO something, I am all in! Disney, Paris, Nutella, Star Wars, Taco Bell, whatever! But, I’ve been good. I haven’t bought anything Day of the Dead…until now! I officially bought my first item…a Day of the Dead t-shirt. hee hee I was at The Target and it was staring at me right in the face and I snagged it off the rack. I was with my mom and she just laughed. As we headed to their Halloween section, I also saw a whole endcap dedicated to Day of the Dead stuff. I WANTED IT ALL. I settled on a door wreath for $20. However, I also have this weird habit of loving on something hard and then getting it home and realizing I didn’t need it OR I didn’t NEED to spend it…say like $20 on a Day of the Dead door wreath. lol This time, I made it to check out and then decided to put it back. I did however, settle on a Day of the Dead pumpkin craft kit and used it to paint one of our pumpkins last weekend. I think it came out pretty good. 🙂
They have Day of the Dead treats during Halloween time at Walt Disney World and they have Day of the Dead cookies at Starbucks. Day of the Dead is everywhere! Especially this month! I even happened upon during my nerdy Disney research that Disney is doing a Day of the Dead movie called Coco that will be out in November of next year. Woot! Woot! My friends are even catching on. I just received these beautiful skulls below in the mail today from one of my besties Heather…an early Birthday gift. LOVE them!
What is YOUR silly obsession?
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