A Christmas Story
by Philip Grecian Based on the movie by Jean Sheperd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark
An endlessly delightful holiday classic: Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows eight-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get “an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle [BB gun]” under the tree for Christmas. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the exploding furnace, the school bully, the wet tongue on a cold lamppost, the Bumpus Dogs and the “leg lamp”. A Christmas Story is a theatrical holiday perennial. But be careful or else: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"