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A lesson from A Christmas Story

This fall my husband and I took a weekend getaway to - of all places - Cleveland to visit a couple friends for an adult Halloween party. Courtesy of my amazing sister-in-law (thanks for watching the kids!).

The trip was fairly impromptu and the itinerary was largely unplanned. Something completely out of character for my husband. I mean, the groomzilla had our wedding planned down to five minute increments. But in the spontaneity of our Cleveland trip, we discovered that Cleveland was home to the house and street that was used in the film "A Christmas Story". I remember the film as a staple of my childhood Christmas experience, watching the movie - for what seemed to be - every Christmas for as long as I can remember. My husband - surprising to me - said he had never even seen the film. So obviously we had to go!

We had a great time. But that's not the reason for this post. Being a Saturday Reflection day, and being that it is Christmas today, I thought maybe a lesson from the movie would be fitting for this holiday post.

There's many takeaways from the film, but a couple are especially applicable to our mental health. An anecdote from the movie being Ralphie's quest to get that "official Red Ryder, carbine action, two hundred shot range model air rifle!" Ralphie asked for that riffle nearly thirty times in the movie. He really wanted that thing badly. In fact, one might say it was his one and only dream to have that riffle. He tried over and over and over to convince and persuade his parents to get him that riffle for Christmas. And in the end, they do!

So what can we learn from this part of the story from the film? Several things. Dreams can come true. Persistence pays off. If you communicate your wants and needs, you're more likely to get what you want.

While not an especially Christmassy message for the day, I thought this classic film, which of course is Christmas-themed, might be able to provide us a bit of perspective for the quickly approaching new year.


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