You know exactly what to expect from “A Christmas Story.” And that would seem to be the point.
More than any other time of the year, Christmas is about ritual – the trimming of the tree, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the baking of the cookies, “A Christmas Carol,” the hanging of the stockings and “The Nutcracker.”
And then there’s “A Christmas Story”…
Jean Shepherd’s tales of a 1940s vintage middle American Christmas didn’t become an official, full-fledged holiday tradition until it was made into the 1983 film starring Peter Billingsley as the young Ralphie Parker who yearns obsessively for the Red Ryder BB rifle for Christmas. The film has, of course, become a holiday television marathon staple.