Triple dog dare me?


Melissa Stagnaro

I may be the only American never to have seen the classic holiday film, A Christmas Story. Every year, I hear references to BB guns, tongues stuck to flag poles and leg lamps. I know what movie they are talking about, but I’ve never actually seen it.

It’s obviously not for lack of opportunity. There seems to always be a 24 hour movie marathon on or about Christmas day, where it is shown continuously.

Yesterday I was in Barnes and Noble. They had an entire display devoted to movie paraphernalia – books, games, you name it. I went to a Christmas party last night and one of the guests was wearing a tie inspired by the movie. That lit up.

Someone actually purchased the house featured in the movie and has transformed it into a museum. Movie fans make an annual pilgrimage.

There are plenty of movies that I love and have seen repeatedly. I think everyone has one or two that they watch every time they are on. You’ve Got Mail is one of mine. While I may have tried a similar Meg Ryan-inspired hair style at some misguided moment in my life, I don’t own any clothing items or games inspired by that movie. I don’t even use AOL.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been behind the curve when it comes to  “classic” movies. I didn’t see Grease until I was in college, and only then after I’d gotten dragged to the Broadway version. ET? Don’t remember it at all. Titanic? I deemed it entirely too depressing just based on the theme song and swore I’d never seen it. There aren’t enough tissues on the planet.

I’ll admit that there are times I feel a little left out of this whole Christmas Story thing. I’ve just never really seen the allure.

Maybe I’m just worried that the movie itself won’t live up to all the hype. If I do see it, and hate it, I’ll really be the odd one out.

But I’ve been thinking more and more about this movie. If it is able to inspire a grown man to sport a light up tie, maybe I should give it a try.

Maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that I finally break down and watch it. Although I may need an added incentive. Do you triple dog dare me?