Dec. 27, 2010 - Roswell, NEW MEXICO, U.S - An ''alien'' in a Christmas hat greets visitors at the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell.  Many UFO enthusiasts believe an alien an spaceship crash landed on a ranch near Roswell in 1947. The UFO connection draws tourists to the small  southern New Mexico town. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/

The Christmas the Aliens Didn’t Come

At 6 o’clock on Christmas Eve, 1954, a small group of people gathered on the street outside Dorothy Martin’s home in Oak Park, Illinois, singing Christmas carols and waiting. But this was no symbolic vigil; they weren’t waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. They were waiting to depart the Earth, and 200 more people had come to watch them wait.