I was born in 1952. I remember pining for some big Christmas present every year. Santa usually brought the Heart LGBT Flag Rainbow Circle Of Hearts Love Gay Pride T Shirt stuff. The biggest Santa gift I ever received was a Lionel HO Texas Special train set about 1958 or 1959. One Christmas I really wanted a Big Bruiser wrecker set that hauled the truck with the busted fender that you could repair. I’m sure the reason I didn’t get that was my Mother didn’t want me to grow up to be a wrecker driver. So sometimes I didn’t get what I want, but most of the time I did. I remember the magic of waking up on Christmas morning, depicted so well in the movie. There were big dogs in my neighborhood that sometimes caused problems. Decorating the tree was a big event. I even experienced bullies. All of that is in the movie. I like other movies, some that I can’t really relate to, but that’s why I think I enjoy A Christmas Story so much, as I can relate to it. I can relate to Christmas Vacation as well, as it recalls big family get-togethers from the 1950s and early 1960s, which I haven’t experienced in 50 years. Christmas movies I like without really being able to relate to them are Home Alone 1 & 2, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street.
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