The Most Memorable Moments From the House in A Christmas Story
By Irene Chen
There’s a reason A Christmas Story is such a well-known Christmas movie. It’s a classic, with a variety of vignettes throughout the movie that people reference all the time even if they’ve never seen A Christmas Story. Whether you’ve seen it this year or not, here are the 11 most memorable moments that occur in the house from A Christmas Story.
- Hot Pink Bunny Suit
Ralphie gets all sorts of presents for Christmas, some of which he’s not completely stoked about. One of these presents is a hot pink bunny suit. Ralphie’s mom thinks it’s cute, but his dad calls him a “deranged Easter bunny.”
- Red Ryder BB Gun
The entire movie centers around the Red Ryder BB gun. Ralphie tells his parents that the only thing he wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. The final present that he receives on Christmas is his coveted Red Ryder BB gun.
- Neighbors’ Hound Dogs
The Parker family lives right next to the Bumpus family, which is a family of hillbillies. Their frustration with the Bumpus family reaches a boiling point when their hound dogs break into the home and eat the family’s Christmas turkey, causing them to have to go out to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner.
- Christmas Tree Fuse Problems
After bargaining to get a great deal on their Christmas tree, the Parker family puts it in the front window of their home, decorating it with all sorts of lights. These lights, however, cause the fuse to blow, resulting in a frustrating Christmas tree issue.
- Furnace Soot Problems
The furnace is a regular problem in the Parker family’s house. At one point, it starts blowing soot into the rest of the home. Ralphie’s dad tries to go down into the basement, but he trips and falls on a pair of roller skates, causing him to break into a “tapestry of obscenity.”
- Leg Lamp
In one of the most memorable scenes from the movie, Ralphie’s dad wins a one-legged lamp, which he loves and wants to place in an area of interest in the home. However, Ralphie’s mom is less enthused about the lamp, “accidentally” breaking it at one point in the movie.
- The Hubcap
When the family’s car gets a flat tire, Ralphie decides to help the family fix it. However, he makes a mistake when he accidentally drops the lugnuts that he’s holding to reattach the tire. He accidentally says “the queen mother of dirty words.”
- Soap in the Bathroom
When Ralphie swears, his mother takes him into the bathroom and washes his mouth out with soap. Ralphie explains that he’s become a “connoisseur of soap” from this happening occasionally.
- Ovaltine Decoder
Ralphie is a huge fan of the Little Orphan Annie radio show, and he drinks gallons of Ovaltine to get enough proofs of purchase to send in for a decoder. Once he receives it, he finds out the secret message on the radio show is just an advertisement for Ovaltine.
- BB Gun Practice
Once Ralphie does actually end up getting his BB gun for Christmas, he sets up some target practice in the backyard. His gun ricochets and hits his glasses, causing him to worry that he actually has shot his eye out.
- The Black Bart Attacks
Ralphie spends some time thinking about how he would be able to be the hero of his own story if he were to get the BB gun. In his head, he fends off the evil Black Bart from his backyard with his BB gun.
Although its initial release was only moderately successful, A Christmas Story has become a Christmas classic for families of all types. Nowadays, it’s one of the Christmas classics that play just about every year at Christmas. Find your favorite scene this year, whether it’s on this list or not.
Irene Chen is the head editor for Content Geek, which showcases interesting, inspirational, and thought-provoking content. ContentGeek.com publishes infographics and articles across a wide range of topics, sourced from a community of designers, writers, and creators.