For a lot of children, there was that one Christmas the place they only wished and wished for a particular current … however Santa had different concepts.

However the holidays had been nonetheless crammed with household, mates and plenty of cheer. That is the completely satisfied ending within the vacation basic, “A Christmas Story,” starring Ralphie, his brother Randy, his slew of mates, his mother and, after all, his dad the Previous Man.

After you’ve got labored your manner by way of the jolliness of “Elf” and the heart-warming “It’s a Wonderful Life,” sit back for some critical nostalgia, even for those who aren’t anyplace close to sufficiently old to recollect the 1940s.

Listed here are among the film’s basic strains.

17 great quotes from 'A Christmas Story'
Ralphie’s internal ideas a few of which ought to have stayed in his head present the trail for ‘A Christmas Story’ to unfold. (Photograph: Warner Movies on Demand/YouTube)

Flick: “Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb!”

Schwartz: “That’s ’cause you know it’ll stick!”

Flick: “You’re full of it!”

Schwartz: “Oh yeah?”

Flick: “Yeah!”

Schwartz: “Well I double-DOG-dare ya!”

Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a “triple dare you”? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.”

Schwartz: “I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!”

Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!”

Red Ryder guns Ralphie did not need any outdated BB gun. (Photograph: S and S Imaging/

Ralphie: “I want an Official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle.”

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Mom: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

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Randy: “I can’t put my arms down!”

Mom: “You can put your arms down when you get to school.”

Ralphie wearing his bunny pajamas
Ralphie sporting his bunny pajamas and hanging his head in disgrace. (Photograph: Warner Bros./YouTube)

The Previous Man: “He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.”

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Mom: “Ralphie, you’re lucky it didn’t cut your eye! Those icicles have been known to kill people.”

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Ralphie as an grownup: “There has never been a kid who didn’t believe that he would be stricken blind before he reached twenty-one, and then they’d be sorry.”

The 'major award' on display at the Christmas Story House in Cleveland.
The ‘main award’ on show on the ‘Christmas Story’ home in Cleveland. (Photograph: Tim Evanson [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

The Previous Man: “It’s a Major Award!”

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The Previous Man: “Fragile [pronounced frageelay]. Must be Italian.”

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Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “Only one thing in the world could’ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.”

Ralphie's little brother
Ralphie’s little brother, Randy, rides on The Previous Man’s shoulders. (Photograph: Warner Bros./YouTube)

Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenity, that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”

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Randy: “Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie!”

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Ralphie as an grownup: “Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. Though my personal preference was for Lux, I found that Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor – heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness. Lifebuoy, on the other hand… (Yechh!)”

17 great quotes from 'A Christmas Story'
The actual home behind ‘A Christmas Story’ was situated in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photograph: Juli Scalzi/

Ralphie: “Ohhhh fuuudge!”

Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!”

The Previous Man: [stunned] “What did you say?”

Ralphie: “Uh, um…”

The Previous Man: “That’s… what I thought you said. Get in the car… Go on.”

Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “It was all over – I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child’s play compared to what surely awaited me.”

Christmas Story House decoder ring
You should buy decoder rings on the Christmas Story Home in Cleveland. (Photograph: Tim Evanson [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

Ralphie: [reading] “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!”

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Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master.”

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Ralphie as an grownup [narrating]: “Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.”

Mary Jo DiLonardo writes about every little thing from well being to parenting and something that helps clarify why her canine does what he does.

17 great quotes from ‘A Christmas Story’

The vacation is not full till you’ve got seen The Previous Man open his frageelay leg lamp. We double canine dare ya to withstand these famed A Christmas Story quotes.



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