Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Story

One of my recently acquired Christmas obsessions is the fun and enjoyable 1983 movie A Christmas Story. Based upon writer Jean Shepherd's semi-fictionalized account of a young boy, Ralphie, experiencing the Christmas holidays in 1940s Indiana with his parents, his younger brother, and his neighborhood friends. I love movies that convey a time period with great detail, and A Christmas Story clearly fits into this category. 

This movie contains one of the funniest scenes ever, where one of the young protagonist's friends gets his tongue stuck to metal pole in the cold of winter. The main story line, however, also full of funny moments, concerns Ralphie's ongoing quest to obtain a BB gun for Christmas, despite the objections ("you'll shoot your eye out, kid") of various adult figures, including his mother, his teacher, and a store Santa Claus.   

But I think the main reason I find this movie so enjoyable is that its a rather realistic, yet fun, holiday movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. It involves a rather average family doing their best to enjoy the holidays amidst
dealing with everyday life. Ultimately, this movie is about having a Merry Christmas with what you have, and with those you have around you.


  1. Great post! This is hands down my favorite Christmas movie of all time. There is something very endearing about Ralphie and his quest for an official Red Ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle, even if he did almost shoot his eye out. Merry Christmas! :)

  2. Shannon- Merry Christmas to you too!! I can never get enough of this movie! I enjoy that marathon one of the cable channels has of this movie at Christmas.

  3. I haven't watched this in ages and now I must! Thanks Lazlo, great post indeed. :)

  4. Chelly- Thanks! Its a quirky Christmas classic!

  5. My sis and I just watched this for the first time - great!