The movie A Christmas Story was adapted from Jean Shepherd’s 1966 novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this holiday classic, it’s a semi-autobiographical tale from Jean’s childhood in Hammond, Indiana… a time when he had one very specific Christmas gift request —
“An official Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time!”
No, the movie is not exciting or action-packed.
It’s more of a simple, slice-of-life film —
one that’s chock-full of characters that are easy to relate to.
And I’m not just saying this because I also had a father who worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay.
It’s the kind of tale that makes you think...
Hey, I could write something like that, too.
After all, if you happen to be someone who celebrates Christmas…
I know there’s a Christmas Story inside of you.
PROMPT: Jean Shepherd was fond of saying, “That reminds me of something that happened to me when I was a kid…” Start with that line and go from there. Write about the year of the Christmas blizzard, or the time the dog opened all of the presents, or…