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“If You Have To Explain It…”

I was born on the Day of the Dead.  If you live in or near a Mexican community, you know what I’m talking about.  If you don’t, then you may have never heard of Dia de Los Muertos.

Day of the Dead, or All Soul’s Day in the Catholic community, has been popularized in the last few years with kitschy tchotchkes and some honestly amazing artwork.  When folks find out that I was born on Day of the Dead, they like to give me gifts related to that fact.


One of my absolute favorite gifts is a Day of the Dead-themed drawing based on a pic a friend took (if you remember, I made a video lamenting my craftiness over that drawing) for my birthday.




Day of the Dead

Dang, I have some crafty friends!

My sister gave me this DOTD-themed skull:

Day of the DeadI’m always sticking stuff  in the holes:

Day of the Dead

My favorite skull houses pencils on my desk: it’s a very important job.

day of the dead

This particular skull is loaded with taped-on Chinese Cookie Fortunes. Whenever I eat Chinese and grab a cookie, the new fortune is taped to the skull. The irony of the ones that mention good health make me the happiest…that is until I got this one.

You have the attitude of a winner.

On a skull.

Although, Husband always tells me, “If you have to explain it….”

And at the end of a hard day, when I think I suck at what I do, when even the umbrelly drinks aren’t helping, I can look up from my computer screen, see the skull and laugh at the irony. Oh, Day of the Dead tchotchkes, you slay me!

Sure, I might be tipsy by then, but still, it makes me happy.

Viva Dia de Los Muertos!


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Joy @ Yesterfood

Friday 1st of November 2013

Patti, I love Day of the Dead, and now I love it even more because it's your birthday. That is incredibly cool, and I am officially dissatisfied with my boring birth date! :) The artwork associated with Dia de Los Muertos is so beautiful and unique, and you have some lovely examples! Happy Birthday! Love, Joy

Mrs. Tucker

Friday 1st of November 2013

Some of the art blows me away. Folks be talented. You should totally make up an obscure, yet fabulous holiday for your birthday date.

Taylor Fichera

Friday 1st of November 2013

Fabulous drawing! Our little North Texas town celebrates Day of the Dead as well! Happy birthday to you!

Mrs. Tucker

Friday 1st of November 2013

The Dia de Los Muertos celebrations are becoming more mainstream every year. Thanks for the b-day wishes!

Kat Curling

Friday 1st of November 2013

Happy Birthday! Today is actually my birthday too haha!! I've always loved having mine on this holiday as well! Hope it's a great one!

Mrs. Tucker

Friday 1st of November 2013

Happy Birthday! (mine is tomorrow! today is all saints day!)

Talya Tate Boerner

Friday 1st of November 2013

Happy Day of the Dead! And Happy Birthday:)) Yesterday my yoga class was completely devoted to Day of the Dead. It was so interesting! Maybe I should blog about it to raise awareness?

Mrs. Tucker

Friday 1st of November 2013

Thank you and I hope you got some pics. Sounds fun!