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December 25, 2009 / Katie

A Christmas Story

A Christmas StoryWhen I watched A Christmas Story on television for the first time several years ago, I laughed my head off at the few final scenes.

Here’s a recap: Ralphie’s mom has spent all day cooking Christmas dinner and leaves the turkey sitting on the stove while she and the rest of the family get dressed. Of course, the moment she leaves the kitchen a pack of wild dogs sneak in through the doggy door and tear the turkey to shreds. Possible? Yes. Probable? No.

The discovery of this kitchen disaster is not a happy one. But it’s Christmas, after all, so the family makes do the best way they know how to and goes to the only establishment open on Christmas day—Chop Suey Palace.

Chinese restaurants don’t make turkeys, but Peking Duck makes a nice Christmas bird substitute. The restaurant’s owner wants to conjure up some of the holiday spirit for his only customers, so he has the waiters sing Christmas carols with their heavy Beijing “R” accents to the family.

  • Turkey and fixin’s: $65
  • Cleanup after the Christmas turkey is ravaged by wild dogs: $40
  • Christmas dinner at Chop Suey Palace: $26
  • A smiling Peking Duck and Christmas carols sung in broken English: Priceless

Racist? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely. The first time I saw this scene unfold I couldn’t help but laugh hysterically, yet at the same time I wondered in the back of my head if I should be offended. At the end of the day, I think it’s simply good comedy. It’s funny because it’s true. The things that are the most offensive are those that are blaringly inaccurate.

While we’re on the topic, here are a few more of my holiday favorites: Home Alone, Disney’s animated A Christmas Carol, and Trading Places(where Eddie Murphy replies matter-of-factly in one scene, “Yeah, everything was broke! So what?”). Just shows that even the worst of Christmas disasters can prove to be some of our dearest memories–in retrospect, of course.

From my youtube to yours, I hope this Christmas is a memorable one. 圣诞节快乐!

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  1. Ethan (@CordonNegroBrut) / Sep 29 2011 10:34 am

    Super Funny! Loving the blog

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