Friday, November 12, 2010

A Christmas Story, our family's favorite movie

Oh my, this is a funny and touching movie, with many scenes in it that are seared into my memory. Some years it is on tv constantly, and we bought a copy for backup. The setting is a town in Indiana in the 1940s, during the Christmas season. This is a story from the point of view of Ralphie, a nine year boy.

You may have your favorite movie moments from A Christmas Story. The scene of the boy whose tongue freezes to the flagpole, and Ralphie with the bar of soap in his mouth are not possible to forget. For funny scenes the younger brother was so swaddled in his snowsuit that when he falls down he can not get up on his own. To keep him warm his mom put so many layers of clothes on him that he cannot put his arms down at his side.

Amazing scenes, and add to this Ralphie's desperate craving, nay need, to own a Red Ryder carbine action BB gun, and Ralphie hearing "you'll shoot your eye out" so often from every responsible adult. He poured out his heart in an essay he wrote for school about how he should have the rifle, hoping his teacher will concur.

The dad is called The Old Man and he has a whacky pride in the bizarre lamp that he won. I have seen replicas of the lamp for sale in catalogs.

Sit back and enjoy.


Foxglove Spires said...

It is getting closer to Christmas now, my daughter has started to get out all the Christmas movies to watch, I love them too. I haven't heard of this movie but it sounds very interesting, thank you Terra for the review.

Have a fabulous weekend. xxx

Terry said...

This movie holds a special place in our family history as this was the year our young son recieved a Red Ryder B.B.Gun from Santa .
The only problem was that Santa (my Dad ) forgot that a young child should never be left alone with a B.B.Gun in hand in front of the big screen T.V.
Yep grandson got so excited watching the show that was on he accidentaly shot not his eye ,but Grandpas big screen .
Note the gun was taller than our son at the time .
It was a perfect bullseye and I promptly got a phone call to come and pick up my son !
I once again reminded Grandpa that if he had waited as we had agreed to that maybe he might not be screaming at me and terrifying a young boy who was already filled with guilt,shame and fear the size of a mountain.
Well it would be nice to say that time makes one forget these things but my Dad still blames my son for shooting the t.v.
However our son with his parents gentle help has come to respect the fact that parents really do know when to say no .
Our son has also come to enjoy the movie and laugh at the situation .
He has also agreed if he ever has children to never leave them alone with a B.B.Gun :)
Thank you for the memories .
Big Texas Hugs
Until we meet again
Happy Trails