Anyway, it's something of a law that we're all supposed to watch A Christmas Story a bunch of times each year. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of this movie, to be honest. It's enjoyable enough, but I don't find it essential -- in fact, I didn't even see the whole thing, start to finish, until just a few years ago. It basically puts me in mind of an overlong episode of The Wonder Years, without the earnest life lessons and Kevin's eternal yearning for Winnie Cooper. Still, the scene with the kids going to see Santa at the department store is comedy gold, so here it is.
I'm not one to wax poetic a lot about the stuff from yesteryear that's been lost to the Onward March of Time, but I do kind of miss downtown department stores at Christmas, from the era when each city had its own store instead of every city having a Macy's downtown. (Except Buffalo, of course. Our downtown department store died years ago and ain't coming back, ever. Fuhgeddaboudit.)