Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I Triple Dog Dare You

My friend and I went to see A Christmas Story the Music this weekend. As I sat there watching this musical, I wondered to myself why do we love this story so much? And this is some of why I think we many of us watch this movie over and over.

It's Funny

Who doesn't love seeing Ralphie express his desire for a Red Ryder BB Gun. And who doesn't remember the scene where his friend gets his tongue stuck to the pole? It's funny!

It's Real

All of the situations in the movie are things that really can or have happened. We all remember when there were one set of rules for one group of people and another set of rules for another group. You know like when Ralphie lays out the curse word in the movie. He tells about how often he has heard his father swear, but it is forbidden to him. When his father hears him swear, it's the end of the world. It doesn't matter whether it s rules set by parents or rules set by our co-workers. Life is full of those moments when you can point out where one group of people can do whatever they want without repercussions.

It Puts Things In Perspective

Ralphie's mom knows just what is important in life. She seems to know that you don't need to make a big deal out of something that isn't really a problem. When Ralphie gets into a fight with the schoolyard bullie, she knows that Ralphie isn't really the problem. She knows that he isn't really going to be a problem child who bullies others. He has just had all he can take from the bullies. Ralphie and his brother are convinced that their father is going to kill Ralphie, but his mother makes things better.

They Enjoy The Moment

Things went all wrong with the turkey on Christmas day at Ralphie's house. But their dad doesn't let that ruin the holiday for them. He announces they are going out to eat. Yes, it's the famous Chinese restaurant scene. Life may hand you a duck with it's head attached when you were planning on a turkey and dressing, but that doesn't mean that you can't have fun. It's really the people you are with that make the moment.

So why do you think A Christmas Story has become such a loved story?

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  1. YES! I think this is playing nearby and I've never seen the live version. I need to this season!