“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
- A Christmas Story
Every year when I watch this film, it really brings back the “kid” in me. In a way, I feel this movie is geared towards reminding people of what it’s like growing up as a kid during the Christmas season.
With each scene, it really reminds me of the Christmas traditions I went through every year growing up. In the movie, we see the family outing to choose a Christmas tree, the annual Christmas parade, and of course – the anticipated wait and visit to see Santa Claus.
Santa Claus Scene
Now, the main theme of the movie centers around the age old question – “What do you want for Christmas?” And, we see this theme consistently portrayed throughout the whole film.
For each of the main characters, what they want for Christmas is different. For Ralphie (played by Peter Billingsley), what he wants for Christmas is what most kids want for Christmas – that special toy we’ve all had our eyes on.
Here’s that special toy for Ralphie:
To me, this movie is really about hope and our anticipation for that special day we all call “Christmas.” There are times when things don’t go exactly as planned. And, we just have to learn how to cope.
As in this scene here, the family ended up having Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant:
Though Christmas did not exactly turn out the way it was planned, it’s these experiences that make for the most memorable moments. Though, in the end it just goes to show – sometimes your wishes do come true. And, that is the magic of Christmas.
If you’re in the mood for a Christmas type movie this holiday season, I highly recommend this film.
(Note: For those who are fans of the movie, check out this special reunion video with the cast from the movie).
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