SideLines: My own 'Christmas Story'
It’s one of the most famous lines in any Christmas movie: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
The line, of course, is from the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” in which 9-year-old Ralphie only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. Every time he tells someone, he hears the same thing.
Of all the Christmas movies ever made, this one probably hits closest to home. Jean Shepherd may have written this based on his own childhood, but - with the exception of the leg lamp - almost every scene could be taken from my own youth.
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