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 October 9

Lecrae is Born
Christian hip hop artist Lecrae Moore was born to a single mother on this day in 1979 in Houston, Texas. He never met his drug addict father, was sexually molested by a babysitter and by the age of 16 was taking drugs. The bible that his grandmother gave him was nothing more than a good luck charm when he was dealing drugs later on. However, by the age of 17 he decided that he wanted to do “the mature thing” and agreed to go to church where he met his future wife. He says that it wasn’t until he was 19 that he finally made a decision to follow Jesus, but he still struggled with making bad decisions. By age 25, Lacrae released his first album, Real Talk. Since then, he has received numerous nominations and awards for his art. Lecrae has also been seen in a few movies as well including 2014's Believe Me and the upcoming Breakthrough. He is married to Darraph Moore and together they have two children.

The Phantom Drop the Chandelier for the First TimeThe Phantom of the Opera opened on this day in 1986 in London’s West End. With music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, the musical is based on a French novel by Gaston Leroux about Christine, a beautiful opera singer who becomes the obsession of a mystery man. The musical won the 1986 Olivier Award as well the Tony Award in 1988 for Best Musical. Michael Crawford play the disfigured and masked man who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. He won both awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Phantom has become Broadway’s longest running musical and the West End’s second longest after Les Misérables. Joel Schumacher directed a film version of the musical in 2004 that starred Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Minnie Driver and Miranda Richardson. In 2010, Webber along with Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth and Glenn Slater created a sequel to the musical called Love Never Dies where the Phantom secretly invites Christine to Coney Island to perform at a new attraction. In ran for over 17 months at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End with plans to open on Broadway but was later cancelled.

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