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Monday, November 29, 2010

A Christmas Story

During this time of year I love getting out our favorite holiday films to watch and enjoy. This year I need a little extra help getting into the spirit so we are trying to watch as many as we can this week. Last night we pulled out A Christmas Story!
Made in 1983, this movie is based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It was directed by the late Bob Clark. Not a critical hit when it was released, the film has since taken on a life of it's own & become a holiday classic. It is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season, and even in a 24 hour marathon on TBS each Christmas Eve/Christmas Day!
Set during a snowy Christmas season in 1940′s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie longs for the ideal Christmas gift, a 200-Shot, Range-Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” But when his gruff dad and doting mom, and even a stressed-out Santa, quote the usual BB gun warning, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint dropping campaign that is a sly combination of innocence and calculation. The movie is not only about Christmas and BB guns, but also about childhood & real family life.

Click here for a post I did about our 2010 visit to the film house and museum of movie memorabilia!

If you have yet to see this sweet, oh so fun movie, give it a try! I bet you smile...betcha!


Kat said...

It's a favorite of ours too! I love watching old Christmas films while cuddled up on the couch with only the Christmas tree lights on. I'm sure sweet Kipper is cuddled up with you and I hope he heals quickly.

Much love and big hugs,

Blondie's Journal said...

I think I have caught bits and pieces of it. I will look out for it. Thanks Susie!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Susie Q!

I saw "A Christmas Story" for the first time last year and really got a big kick out of it! It brought me right back to my very early childhgood when my older brother has to chose between a BB gun and a Lionel train set for Christmas.

My favorite holiday movie is "Miracle on 34th Street" as I've always loved Santa Claus!

Sue said...

I know how much you like the movie and the house! Woo Hoo- and you even got to pay it a visit this year....
That darn lamp does crack me up, as does the scene with the flagpole. I saw someone's card this year- they mimicked the scene with their kids. Too hilarious. See ya soon.
~ Suey