Even though I have never seenA Christmas Story in its entirety, the film’s pervasiveness in American culture cannot be denied.
Imagine my confusion when I was invited to anA Christmas Story-themed holiday party last weekend, only to arrive to find an upside-down Christmas tree, Nerf guns lying around, and ladies dressed up in black fishnet tights with lamps as skirts. What have I been missing?
Today, Betty Jo Tucker of Movie Addict Headquarters prepares us all for the holiday season with a special tribute to this 1983 flick. Special guests include Zack Ward and Julie Matthews from the film’s original cast who weigh in on their experiences during filming, plus their reactions to its long-lived popularity. Both have gone on to successful careers in the entertainment industry. Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari joins in to analyze the film’s role in Christmas movie history.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I have a rental to pick up from the video store.
When Kat of The Burb Blog started a website called TackyChristmasYards.com as an outlet to complain about her neighbor’s holiday decorations, she had no idea how many Americans could relate.
On her blog and her show on BlogTalkRadio entitled Suburbs and the City, Kat, a married southern California girl stuck in the suburbs of the Midwest, and her two co-hosts Kyleen and Chandra talk chat about the issues they face in their respective geographic situations. The show stems from Kat’s Burb Blog where she talks about neighborhood gossip, PTA meetings, and the drama of suburban life.
In her observations in the ‘burbs, Kat noticed increasingly unsightly holiday decorations, and thus she had the idea to create TackyChristmasYards.com. The site took off in popularity, becoming a safehaven where net surfers could post photos of their neighbor’s tacky Christmas decorations and receive sympathy and support. The Wall Street Journal caught wind of it, and the rest is history.