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A Christmas Story

We all have our favorite holiday movies. Maybe you have to watch It’s a Wonderful Life every December. Perhaps you’re more of a Frosty fan. Me, I’m all about A Christmas Story. So naturally I’m excited to watch it live on December 17th. It looks like this will be based on the Tony Award-nominated musical version, which I’ve never seen before. I can’t wait!

Normally I’m not interested in these live TV performances, but this time, it’s different. Because A Christmas Story is the greatest holiday movie ever. I crack up every time the father pummels the furnace with his creative ‘swearing.’ Whenever I bundle up for cold weather I think of Randy, wrapped in so many layers that when he falls in the snow, all he can do is rock back and forth like a turtle on its back.

“I can’t put my arms down!” – Randy

It’s hard to choose a favorite character or scene, but the narration by adult Ralphie definitely takes the movie to the next level. It wouldn’t be the same story without his clever description of the action as it takes place. Consider these gems: “In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenity that, as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.” “The snap of a few sparks, a quick whiff of ozone, and the lamp blazed forth in unparalleled glory.”

There’s only one scene I don’t like. To this day, I cannot watch as poor Flick gets his tongue stuck to the icy flagpole and his friends abandon him at the end of recess. Although it does make for a hilarious scene as the teacher figures out what’s going on.

Will you be watching A Christmas Story live? Get ready by rewatching the classic movie, and tell us your favorite scenes in the comments. Just try not to shoot your eye out, kid.

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Megan is a Children’s Library Assistant at CLP – East Liberty. When she isn’t reading fantasy, magical realism and/or pretty much any children’s book, she enjoys gaming, watching movies and writing fiction, some of which has been published.