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December 12, 2012

Courtney Caughey-Stambul: My favorite Christmas movie  

NEW CASTLE —  There are so many great Christmas movies, it is difficult to choose a favorite.

I've been watching "Rudolph" every year for as long as I can remember.

As a child, I couldn't wait for "Mickey's Christmas Carol" to air.

"Home Alone" makes me laugh out loud, and sometimes on the right day, even has me shedding a tear or two.

"Christmas with the Kranks" is a more recent favorite of mine. Have you ever thought about skipping Christmas?

They're all great films: "The Grinch," "Elf," "Fred Claus," "It's a Wonderful Life"...

But, if you asked me, "Courtney, what is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?"

I'd be sure to tell you, "A Christmas Story."

Most of us grow up watching our favorite holiday movies and that is precisely how they become our favorites. They are a part of our Christmas traditions. That, however, is not how I fell in love with "A Christmas Story."

Unbelieveable as it may be, I had never heard of Ralphie or a Red Ryder BB Gun until the seventh grade. A few days before holiday vacation, my classmates and I were allowed to choose a movie to watch during our class period. After a vote, "A Christmas Story" won and so I was introduced to the film. The movie had to be split over three classes. I can honestly say, I could not wait to go to class to see more of the movie.

I think what makes "A Christmas Story" one of the most beloved movies of all time is its relatablility. We all know the iconic moments in the film. Ralphie trying on the pink bunny suit from Aunt Clara, swearing in front of his father, getting into a fight with a bully, standing in line to see Santa, and daydreaming about a special present remind us of what it was like being a kid.

I enjoy reminiscing, especially during the holidays.

So if you're searching for the perfect Christmas gift to give me this year, I'd love a leg lamp for my living room window.

"A Christmas Story" airs on TBS for 24 hours straight, starting on Christmas Eve.



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