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December 25, 2013

I'll pass on "A Christmas Story"

NEW CASTLE — Last week, the Couch Potato discussed some long held Christmas traditions, at least when it comes to television and movies.  We'll stick with the same theme this week, but we'll go in a different direction.

It seems like at this time of year, no one can get enough of Christmas movies, music and holiday-themed TV shows.  I've found myself on board with this phenomenon, watching "Home Alone," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," as I mentioned last week.

I've also been in a real Christmas music mood the last couple days, which is kind of weird because I usually abstain from such holiday cheer.

But here's the point, I've come to believe that I am the absolute last person in the world who has never seen the supposedly classic holiday tale, "A Christmas Story."  

I started coming to this conclusion a few years ago when I began seeing commercials for the movie, where they played it for 24 hours straight on Christmas or Christmas Eve, usually on TBS.  At that initial point, I had never even heard of the movie, let alone seen it.  The commercials did little to draw my attention or get me to watch it.

Now you might wonder how I could have never heard of such a classic movie, but it's not that outlandish really.  I was born in 1981 and the movie came out in 1983, so it wasn't really in my wheelhouse of movies as a two year old.  As I also mentioned last week, my parents weren't much into the movie scene, and I'd be willing to bet that they've never seen the movie, either.  I'll ask them and let you know.  Finally, we never had cable until 1996, so I didn't have as many chances to catch it on TV as others did.

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