• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day: Bah humbug

When it comes to non-traditional holidays, Dec. 16 ranks right up there! Not only is it National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (yes, anything), it is also Barbie and Barney Backlash Day! According to the Wellcat website, "It's the one day each year when mom and dad can tell the kids that Barbie and Barney don't exist!" What!? Barbie and Barney don't really exist? Bah humbug!

Love 'em or not so much, Barbie and Barney still are popular today. But they have had their critics over the years. Between Barbie's super-slim figure and never aging looks that some say have contributed to negative body images for young girls and Barney bashing from near-and-far, it's important to remember these American icons are popular children's characters that have brought smiles to millions of children all over the world and sparked children's imagination.

And speaking of imagination, a visit from one of the world's most beloved and iconic symbols is now only days away. In less than two weeks, the big guy will be flying high in the sky with his merry reindeer on his annual mission visiting the lucky children who made the "nice" list this year. Yessir, Santa Claus is comin' to town and will soon be squeezing down your chimney spreading all kinds of holiday cheer this year. Now that's imagination!