The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

This Day in Pop Culture for March 9

"Krononauts" held a party for time travelers on March 9, 1982.

The Time Traveling Party That No One Attended

According to the New York Times, it was on this day in 1982 when a group of people gathered for “an epidemic of temporary lunacy” waiting for visitors to arrive from the future. The nine planets were as close together than they had ever been in about 200 years and so a group Known as “Krononauts,” the group anxiously waited for “visitors from the futures” to arrive at a party set up just for them. While the group drank, danced and some even took off their clothes, it wasn’t enough to entice time travelers to show up. Two days later, one of the group’s leaders, Kirby Malone, was asked what happened to his guests. ''We really don't know. One possibility is that they came and didn't want to be visible. Another that occurs to me is that there is no future, so there was no place for the people to come from. Another, of course, is that the people came and just decided they didn't want to be here.'' He didn’t blame them.

Barbie was first seen on March 9, 1959.

Barbie Comes Out to Play

On this day in 1959, for the first time ever, people got a glimpse of what would become one of the toy industry’s greatest sellers – Barbie. The first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. She was the first toy doll in the U.S. to have adult features and was sort of an extension of paper dolls. Barbie has a creepy backstory though. She was based on German doll, Lilli, a comic strip character. Lilli was first marketed to men in tobacco shops as sort of a naughty gag gift. Barbie was named after the daughter of Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel. In 1961, Barbie would get her boyfriend Ken, named after Handler’s son. Since 1959, more than 800 million Barbie-themed dolls in the have been sold around the world. After years of complaints from women that Barbie is an ideal that no woman can ever achieve, Mattel offered a new line of the dolls in different shapes and sizes. The verdict is still out on whether or not if the new dolls will be a hit.

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