Friday, December 25, 2009

Day 25: A Christmas Story

When I conceived and started the 25 Days of Christmas blog series, I didn't know all the topics I would post about or the item I would feature on Christmas Day. I figured my bias would slant toward It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol, because of their strong, emotional stories and staying power.

I knew I always liked A Christmas Story, but it wasn't until I started thinking about just how well the movie captured what it felt like to be nine years old during Christmas that I knew it would be my Day 25 choice.

When you're nine, there's that one gift you want for Christmas above all else that interjects so much high drama and gravitas to the Christmas season. You're so excited for Christmas that the days leading up to the holiday seem to go on forever and you wonder if Christmas will ever arrive. Though there's some anxiety that accompanies the wait for Santa and the uncertainty that you'll get that one gift you want, the relative slow-moving days actually make the season ironically more fun and memorable. Everything happens slowly, so you take in the days in big gulps and notice everything: the events at school, snowball fights, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards arriving in the mail, putting up the Christmas tree, and knowing you've almost made it when the calendar reaches December 22nd.

This is Ralphie's story, as it was mine and, I'd guess, millions of other boys across America.

This is part of my 25 Days of Christmas blog series.

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