A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd

 “Christmas time is here

Happiness and cheer

Fun for all that children call

Their favorite time of the year…”

Awww…yes. Just as indelible as the Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the score of A Charlie Brown Christmas is the cult to holiday classic movie, A Christmas Story. Please tell me you have heard of it. Think Ralphie, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, the truculent Bumpus hounds, the Red Ryder BB gun (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”), and the soft glow of electric Sex in the window. If this isn’t at all familiar, I recommend watching it sometime this season. I am sure it will become a favorite, much like Burl Ives’ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, It’s a Wonderful Life, or for my father, Die Hard (“What do you mean it isn’t a Christmas movie? It happens AT Christmas! Now I have a machine gun…Ho-Ho-Ho.”)

Now you may be thinking, “Ummm…this is BOOKstravaganza.” Well, you are right! Did you know that A Christmas Story was based on a few short stories written by Jean Shepherd? I sure didn’t, at least not until yesterday when my co-worker offered me this little gem to read. Honestly, besides a few details, the movie stays remarkable true to the stories. Both are excellent. So now you have TWO mediums in which to enjoy this tale and I think that is pretty awesome. I mean, with all the overhyped sales and aggressive merchandising, we are often left with little more than effluvia by the time we come to our senses and remember what Christmas is really all about. So, at times, it’s nice to have these little oases of childhood nostalgia to cling to and share with one another.

truculent (adj) Disposed to or exhibiting violence or destructiveness; fierce

“Hide your turkey or ham, if you live next to a pack of truculent hounds.”

effluvium (n) The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter

“If you go on vacation this Christmas, make sure to empty your garbage and fridge before you leave. Otherwise, you may be greeted with effluvium upon your return.”


Books Read: 3


One response to “A Christmas Story, Jean Shepherd

  1. Pingback: Old Time Radio Thursdays – #021: The Radio Origins Of A Christmas Story (1983) « Durnmoose Movie Musings·

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