it’s the perfect christmas story. it’s about family, america at a certain time, marriage, growing up, adolescence, and christmas. the more you watch it the more you notice about it and the more you find yourself understanding the different characters. when you’re young you see ralphie like you see yourself – wanting that one big present for xmas. and you see his dad like you may see your dad or your friend’s dad. as you age, though, you start to understand the dynamic between the parents more and the idea of christmas changes so you see it all through a different lens. everything about the film is perfect.