Et Tu, Santa?

Wow, I can’t believe it’s the day before the day before Christmas!  Time sure flies when you’re drinking gluehwein and dropping cash you don’t have on presents.  (Word to the wise…don’t shop drunk on Amazon.)
Ho Ho Huargh…

It’s a bit of a shorty today because I’m swept up with all things merry and I just can’t pin myself to my computer desk long enough to write something more weighty.

So, as a cheat, let’s just take a moment to review one of my favorite scenes in one of the best Christmas movies of all time.  Yes, I know TNT plays this for 24 hours straight, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use it as fodder for this blog.

113.  The Santa Scene from A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story was shot in Cleveland (I’m a Great Lakes gal myself, so this makes me extra proud).  For this scene, they shot in a Cleveland-based department store called Higbees.  Higbees kept the slide that was used for the shoot.  Unfortunately, they were taken over by Dillard’s and that Dillard’s closed a few years back.

There are many things I love about this scene:

-The ‘so over it’ attitude of the elves.

-The way the female elf uses her hat to mark inflections in her words.

-The gentle yet forceful tap of Santa’s boot on Ralphie’s forehead.

-The way the parents don’t even notice the post traumatic stress disorder on their children’s faces.

It’s all good.  Enjoy.

I’m also partial to any scene with the Bumpus Hounds.  What are some of your favorite bits from this film?

Merry Christmas and see you in 2010 for another great year.

8 responses to “Et Tu, Santa?”

  1. I have to say, it’s a yearly tradition. Some people look forward to opening their gifts, some look forward to the “Triple Dog Dare”.
    Personally my favorite is Ralphie mother calls Mrs. Schwartz to tell her what swear words Ralphie learned from her son. You can hear the muffled conversation on the phone “Wha, WHAT!” then, the pummeling and screaming.
    Aside from that I really enjoy anything with Darren McGavin in it. He was Kolchak in the “The Night Stalker” as well as, Bill Madison and Murphy Brown’s father. Though he still hold my favorite quote from A Christmas story. “You used all the glue up on purpose!”

    1. Also, I forgot to mention. Did anyone catch Ralphie in the movie Elf?
      He has an uncredited appearance as an Elf in Santas workshop.

      1. Good picks, all. I like the ‘over the phone’ screaming form Mrs. Schwartz too. I absolutely love Ralphie’s Mom and Dad in this. I forgot that he was Murphy Brown’s dad. I also love Colleen Dewhurst, who played Murphy’s Mom.
        I will have to blog up Melinda Dillon next year as I think she’s such a good ‘Mom’ in this film. Another favorite part is when Ralphie’s kid brother has to lie motionless like a slug in his snowsuit as it’s his ‘only defense’.
        So funny.
        I will have to watch for that Elf cameo, thanks for the heads-up. Elf is another one that I think can stand up to a yearly viewing…

  2. I must say, the triple dog dare scene and the kid in the snowsuit… “wait for meee”…. oh so relevant to my childhood!

    1. Those bulky snowsuits…like astronaut costumes…no mobility whatsoever! Hope you had an ace holiday!

  3. […] is there in spades.  I’ve covered an aspect of the film before in this here blog (see:  Crazy Santa Scene ).  But, I love the film so much…and it is that holiday time of year, I don’t think it […]

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