It’s the Holiday season at EC Miami English School! Today was the last day of class until after Christmas, and I wanted to share one of my favorite holiday traditions with my students today: We watched my favorite holiday movie, A Christmas Story. No, it’s not another reworking of the classic Dickens tale, but rather the story of a young boy (Ralphie) who only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and “this thing which tells time” (a clock). The only problem is, every adult that Ralphie mentions this to tells him that he’s going to “shoot his eye out”. The movie follows Ralphie and his family as they prepare for Christmas, as well as his friends and their (mis)adventures at school.
No matter how many times I’ve seen it, it still makes me laugh. It’s a movie that is considered a “modern classic” and brings a smile to everyone. Set in the early 1940s, it also shows the USA during a more innocent time. My students enjoyed it, laughing at all the correct places. It made me very happy to be able to share it with them.
I won’t spoil the ending for you. You’ll have to watch for yourself to see if Ralphie finishes the movie with both eyes.