For the last few years now, A Christmas Story has run in a marathon on television the night before Christmas. Well, lo and behold, we are at the home stretch of my 30 Days of Christmas experiment already! It is Christmas Eve, and therefore there are ample opportunities to catch this pick today!
A Christmas Story has become a classic for its imagery of a little boy in glasses in a pink bunny suit, a little boy in glasses with his tongue stuck to a pole, a little boy shooting off his own glasses...oh yeah, and a leg lamp! Telling the story of Ralphie Parker, who only wants one thing for Christmas ("an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle"), A Christmas Story is one of the few movies to showcase that for most, the holiday season is all about just getting through. Ralphie has to survive bad grades and altercations bullies in school, bad presents from distant family, and annoying but persistent dismissing claims (like "You'll shoot your eye out!"). But of course, in the end, he still gets that BB gun on which he so desperately has his heart set. Because that, Charlie Brown, is the true meaning of Christmas: seeing a little kid's face light up with "the best present [he or she] will ever receive!"
Besides, on a purely personal note, I have taken to ordering Chinese food for Christmas Eve dinner, too, so I feel like the Parkers and I would get along swimmingly! And, you know, I like guns! ;P