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 May 11

"Puff the Magic Dragon" landed #2 on the pop charts on May 11, 1963.

“Puff the Magic Dragon” Land #2 on the Pop Charts

The song, “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” appeared in the number two spot on the pop charts on this day in 1963 made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. The lyrics for the song were based on a poem written by a nineteen-year old Leonard Lipton who himself was inspired by the poem, “Custard the Dragon” written by Ogden Nash. It turns out that Lipton was friends with Peter Yarrow’s roommate when they were in college together at Cornell University. The song is about an ageless dragon and his friend, Jackie Paper who later outgrows him. An urban legend claims that the song was a reference to smoking pot, but Yarrow has said, that Puff "never had any meaning other than the obvious one" and is about the "loss of innocence in children”.

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