My first time watching A Christmas Story was in my 5th grade homeroom class. Up till then, I was used to watching Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and that one with Charlie Brown. After the movie finished, I was confused. There was no heavy-handed moral in A Christmas Story. It just seemed like a Christmas-themed Wonder Years episode to me. I didn’t like it.
But for some reason, year after year, I kept watching it, thanks to TBS’s marathon of it during Christmas. After the second or third viewing, I began to like it more. Now it’s one of my favorite Christmas movies, up there with Home Alone.
Part of why it’s so good is that it’s about a regular American family during Christmas. I didn’t understand it at first, but now when I watch it, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling — like seeing extended family that you only see once a year.
The other part of why it’s one of my favorites is that it’s not cheesy at all. It’s funny (“You’ll shoot yer eye out!) and doesn’t have any scenes that make you’d want to censor from younger children in your family. It’s a movie that really can’t offend anyone. Yes, the “fa ra ra ra ra” scene is funny to me too.
A Christmas Story, along with dinner with the extended family and gift giving is one of the things I look forward to when the holidays roll around now.