The Couch Potato

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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.

Where this story gets strange, though, is that none of my friends ever brought the movie to my attention.  I recently found out that my friend Zach, affectionately known as Z-Bird, is "A Christmas Story" afficionado.  He's been to the house in Cleveland, talks about Ralphie like it's his kid brother and I think he may even have the leg lamp.  By the way, I'm assuming everything I wrote in the last sentence is accurate to the movie, but I'm not sure what any of it means.

At this point, it would be easy to watch the movie since there are so many options available as it is endlessly replayed on multiple channels at this time of year.  But I've kind of embraced the fact that I have never seen the movie.  

I enjoy when someone mentions a scene or funny line from the movie and I can reply, "Never seen it."  The looks I get from people range from general disgust to outright anger.  I might as well have just told them that I've been to the moon or hit the lottery.  In fact, those things might seem more believable than not having watched "A Christmas Story."

Anyway, I believe it's a unique thing about the Couch Potato to have not seen such a beloved and classic movie.  While I may be missing out on a slice of Americana, I'm happy to be different, at least in a small way.  

Plus, 80's movies stink anyway!

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