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A Christmas Story

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since before 1983 80s, you’re bound to have seen this movie—at least once a year and probably during one of its marathon runs sometime in December. The first time I ever saw it was at home when VCRs were still a novelty. My family and I laughed ourselves silly, went out and bought the VHS tape immediately.

It takes place sometime during the 40s. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Ranger Model air rifle with, among other things, a compass in the stock. But it doesn’t seem likely to happen, not with his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and the department store Santa nixing it: “you’ll shoot your eye out”.On Christmas morning, Ralphie fears the worst until his father comes to the rescue and presents him with his BB gun. In spite of an incident involving a ricocheting BB and broken glasses, the film ends with him lying in bed on Christmas night with his gun by his side. A voiceover by an adult Ralphie states that this was the best present he had ever received or would ever receive.

The movie is filled with laugh out loud moments, such as the “major award” Ralphie’s father wins: a lamp in the shape of a leg wearing a fishnet stocking. He’s overjoyed by it, his mother isn’t and the battle ensues, resulting in the lamp’s ‘accidental’ destruction. His father fights and ongoing battle with the malfunctioning furnace in the Parker home, causing him to swear quite often, including one profanity-laden rant that the adult Ralphie attests “is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.” Ralphie and his friends Flick and Schwartz fight what seems to be a neverending struggle against neighborhood bullies Scut Farkus and Grover Dill until he snaps and beats up Farkus. And that’s only a few of the funny scenes.

This movie reminds me of what it was like to grow up in a simpler time, when children weren’t so jaded about life. Or maybe it’s that they expected less than children do today. The actors were perfect in their roles. I never get tired of watching it.

A Christmas Story - Cranberry Butter

Instead of a recipe for a roast turkey (like the one the neighbor’s dogs devoured at Ralphie’s house on Christmas day) I opted for something a little different.

 Cranberry Butter

Cranberry Butter makes about 6 half pints 1 pound of butter (four sticks) softened 1 cup of fresh cranberries 1/3 cup honey (add more if you want a sweeter butter) zest of one orange Combine all of these ingredients in a food processor. (Alternatively, you can chop up the cranberries by hand and mix it by hand in a bowl.

Sounds simple and yummy. I am going to try this one for sure.

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