"You'll shoot your eye out!"
If you’re hoping to find the annual marathon of A Christmas Story on your TV this Christmas, rest assured, TBS has the beloved film set to run on repeat, beginning with Christmas Eve and set to run all the way through Christmas day. This year marks the marathon's fifteenth anniversary.
Based on one of Jean Shepherd’s short stories, the film follows a boy who desperately wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Amidst his plans to convince his parents (and Santa) to get him the gun, a lot of other seemingly small occurrences transpire between Ralphie and his family, all of which amount to what turns out to be an extremely memorable Christmas. The 1983 movie, and the story on which it’s based, use the 1940’s backdrop to illustrate simpler times, when TV was the radio, kids used decoder rings to unscramble cryptic advertisements for Ovaltine, and a dad might find a brief reprieve from battling with the furnace in the basement by enjoying the sight of electric sex gleaming in the window, which in the case of this story, comes in the form of a gaudy leg-lamp.
The Christmas Story marathon, which has been a tradition for fifteen years now, used to air on TNT but switched to TBS in 2004, where it has aired since. This year, the first airing of the film begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24th and it will run for 24 hours as usual.
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the marathon, TBS released these fun bits of trivia about the film and the marathon. Have a look and impress your friends and family this Christmas!
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