Generation X-mas



America has a new favorite Christmas movie: A Christmas Story, the 1983 tale about Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), a 9-year-old in 1940s Indiana, and his lust for a Red Ryder air rifle. And it’s overtaking Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and the rest. This is one of those little pop-cultural shifts–football overtakes baseball, salsa defeats ketchup–that signal bigger changes: here, in the relationship between the community and the individual. In a traditional Christmas story, the larger holiday is a social good. Read more at


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