|Taken from the website for the A Christmas Story Museum|
Here's an interesting A Christmas Story fact: the whole movie takes place over only six days. I only noticed this recently, but let me lay it out for you:
Day One: Breakfast with the fantasy of shooting Black Bart and the gang, Flick gets his tongue stuck to a pole, Ralphie writes his theme on "What I Want For Christmas", his dad comes home and says he won a prize, they eat meatloaf for dinner, the leg lamp arrives.
Day Two: Ralphie hands in his theme and fantasizes about getting an A+, the family gets a Christmas tree, Ralphie says the F word then gets his mouth washed out with soap.
Day Three: Ralphie gives Miss Shields a fruit basket, comes home to find his Little Orphan Annie secret decoder, finds out it's an sham commercial, the leg lamp breaks.
Day Four: Ralphie gets his theme back with a C+ on it, he gets hit with a snowball on the way home and gets in a fight with Scut Farkus, cries, eats dinner without dad yelling at him.
Day Five: Christmas Eve. They go to a parade downtown that night, followed by the visit to Scary Santa where he gets pushed by a boot in the face down the terrifying winter wonderland slide.
Day Six: Christmas Day. Presents, Ralphie gets his gun, shoots his eye out, turkey eaten by the Bumpus hounds, and dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
For some reason, this was a huge revelation for me. I had it in my head that the movie was over a whole month or something, I guess. Not the case. Ralphie really was cutting it close, waiting until Christmas Eve to ask Santa for a Red Ryder BB Gun, though, wasn't he?
Aren't Christmas movies just about the best darn thing ever?