ISSUE #5: The Great Debate: Unraveling the Year of "A Christmas Story" 🎄🕰️

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Primary Blog/ISSUE #5: The Great Debate: Unraveling the Year of "A Christmas Story" 🎄🕰️

Hello, ACS Family!

It's that time of the week again when we dive deep into the heart of our beloved classic, "A Christmas Story." But this Thursday isn't just any ordinary issue of our newsletter. Today, we're stepping into a delightful debate that's been stirring up the snow in our very own A Christmas Story Family community.

🔍 The Debate That's Heating Up the Holidays

John Demmer, a top contributor in our community, has once again fanned the flames of an ongoing discussion: In what year does "A Christmas Story" take place? While the film charmingly dances around any specific dates, giving it a timeless feel, John argues that if we had to pin it down, 1939 is the year that fits the bill.

Why 1939, You Ask? Here's the Scoop:

1) The 1940 Decoder Pin: Ralphie's eagerly awaited piece of memorabilia wouldn't be out of place in December 1939, making it a hot item for that Christmas season.
2) Ovaltine and the Radio Show: With Ovaltine ceasing its sponsorship of the Little Orphan Annie radio show in January 1940, its prominence in December 1939 checks out.
3) "The Wizard of Oz" Connection: The film's release and its presence in our story adds another layer to the 1939 theory.
4) Newspaper Evidence: John's detective work led him to a newspaper prop from the movie, dated December 1939, alongside other period-accurate advertisements.

🗓️ The Calendar Clue:

John's latest piece of evidence? A kitchen calendar, seemingly set to December, with Sundays marked in red. The kicker? December 3rd appears as the first Sunday, a detail that aligns perfectly with 1939's calendar.

🎬 What Does It All Mean?

This isn't just about pinpointing a date. It's a testament to the enduring love and fascination we all share for "A Christmas Story." Each piece of evidence, every theory, and the passionate discussions they spark are part of what keeps the spirit of the movie alive and well in our hearts.

💬 We Want to Hear From You!

What's your take on this festive mystery? Do you stand with the 1939 camp, or do you have another year in mind? Perhaps you enjoy the story's timeless charm, regardless of the date.

Subscribe to our newsletter here and let us know your thoughts, or jump into the discussion on our Facebook group with the hashtag #ACSFYearDebate. Your insight might just be the key to unlocking this holiday enigma.

🔎 Looking Ahead:

As we wrap up this issue, we're reminded of the joy and wonder that "A Christmas Story" brings to each of us, year after year. Whether it's 1939, 1940, or any other time, the warmth and laughter it brings into our homes are timeless.

Stay tuned for our next issue, where we'll continue to explore the magic and mysteries of our favorite holiday classic. Until then, keep the spirit of the season alive in your hearts, and may your days be merry, bright, and filled with the joy of discovery.

Warm wishes and happy debating,
Yano Anaya,
a.k.a. the not-so-terrifying Grover Dill 🎯🐰



P.S. Keep those decoder pins ready, and your eyes peeled for more clues and tales from the world of "A Christmas Story." Who knows what festive secrets we'll uncover next?

P.S.S. Missed our very first podcast episode? Catch up on the magic now! Tune in here: EPISODE 1 for an exclusive journey into "A Christmas Story" with Grover Dill and special guests. Don't miss out on the fun and insights from behind the scenes!

P.S.S.S. Here's John's evidence👇

Written By:

Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)