A Perfect Holiday Distraction

Ralphie: "I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!" Mrs. Parker: "No, you'll shoot your eye out." - A Christmas Story, 1983

The holiday season is no longer around the corner, it's here. It's upon us like a lead weight. Like an anvil.

If you're anything like me, you're constantly looking for distractions this time of year. Distractions from buying, wrapping, eating and (depending on the spirit) drinking.

Though I'm a big, huge fan of the Alameda Theatre, I somehow overlooked their classic movie series. Too bad because it seemed to be just the kind of distraction I look for this time of year.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from September to December, the Alameda Theatre has been showing a classic movie for $7.75. And I heard they were all on the main stage! They've shown movies like, "Gone with the Wind", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and last week they played, "Meet Me In St. Louis", starring the flawless Judy Garland

Judy. Such a nice name. 

This week I was lucky enough to catch one of my all-time favorite holiday movies, "A Christmas Story". Though I've seen the flick countless times — I even own it — it was fun to see it on the big screen. My girls and I went to see it with our neighbors and even though the kids didn't find it half as amusing as the adults did, seeing it in the theater made it fun for everyone.

Next week, to close out the series, the Alameda Theatre will be running, "It's A Wonderful Life". If you are looking for distractions come Tuesday or Wednesday, (and even if you're not) you should definitely try to catch it. It's a winter classic that the entire family will enjoy.

Plus, if you click here, you can read some, "It's A Wonderful Life" trivia. Spurt out these fun facts throughout the movie to the people sitting next to you at the theater. They will think you're a genius! Annoying, but a genius nonetheless.

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