I can’t think of a finer film to end my series of Throwback Thursday posts with than this absolute classic. The Christmas movie to end all Christmas movies is “A Christmas Story.” Even if you don’t observe the occasion, you’ve probably heard at least one iconic line from WarnerMedia’s 1983 film.
The classic Christmas film ‘A Christmas Story’ is the epitome of the holiday season
Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) is a 9-year-old boy who lives in small town Indiana with his parents and younger brother Randy. I had to do some digging to figure out when the movie was made. It seemed to be set in the late 1930s or early 1940s, based on what I could tell. Ralphie, the older, narrates the film, which follows his younger self’s desire for a “Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air gun with a compass in the stock and this gadget that tells time” for Christmas. Ralphie is repeatedly rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss. Shields, and even Santa Claus, all of whom say the same thing: “you’ll shoot your eye out kid.” Despite the fact that the film is centered on Ralphie’s boyhood yearning, there are a number of subplots: His father, dubbed “The Old Man,” received a huge honor (and what an award!) for his profanity-laced battles with the furnace. Scut Farkus and Grover Dill are chasing Ralphie and his companions Flick and Schwartz… Randy was lagging behind in the many layers his mother had put on him.
To be honest, there are so many memorable scenes and statements in this film that I could write an entire page on them. My family and I, like many others throughout the country, have a ritual of watching “A Christmas Story” on TBS during its 24-hour broadcast on Christmas Eve. We then leave it on when we assemble to unwrap presents on Christmas morning. That tradition, I believe, is one of the best we have. I have so many memories of us all watching the movie together in the living room. My Dad even received a miniature replica of The Old Man’s major prize, which he proudly displays in his front window. My favorite aspect of “A Christmas Story” is probably its simplicity. It’s simply a story about a little boy and his family in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We’ve all been Ralphie, hoping against hope that Santa would bring us the one toy we want above all others. It can make us reminisce about those times and, perhaps, make us nostalgic for our own childhood Christmases. For me, Christmas isn’t complete without seeing “A Christmas Story” at least once, twice, or… if I’m being honest, perhaps five or six times. “A Christmas Story” is rated PG, and rather than listing all the places you can rent it, why don’t you just tune in on TBS tonight at 8 p.m.? It’ll be one of many opportunities to appreciate this classic between then and Christmas Eve.
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