Based on Jean Shepherd’s collection of short stories “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” A Christmas Story has worked its way into American pop culture history over the past 30 years.

From licking the frozen pole to the leg lamp (“Fra-JEE-lay! Must be Italian!”) to Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB Gun, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t recognize at least one of the now iconic scenes from the movie — even if they’ve never seen the whole thing. Besides, if you haven’t seen the whole thing, just flip on the TV around Christmas time. Chances are someone’s showing it. – AJW

A Christmas Story

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“There are starving people in China.”

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Gazing through the department store window

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“I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!”

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“And what’s your name, little boy?”

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“How about a nice football?”

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“Holy smokes. Do… do you know what this is? This is… a lamp!”

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“He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny… he looks like a pink nightmare!”

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A Red Ryder carbine-action two-hundred shot range model air rifle

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“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

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