There was once a boy named Ralphy. He only dreamed of getting a Red Rider Be-be Gun for Christmas. This story all begins with a small family who doesn’t have much. Ralphy and his younger brother enjoy listening to stories told on the radio. Ralphy even sent away for an orphan Annie decoder ring so that he could get her secret messages over the radio. One day the ring finally comes and the message is spelled out-drink more ovaltine. Ralphy takes this setback lightly.
Later at school that day, one of his friends, Flick is dared to lick a metal pole in the middle of winter. As he does, the bell rings and all his classmates leave him with his tongue stuck. The fire department comes and frees him. The teacher then gives the assignment for everyone to write an essay on what they want for Christmas. A few days later, he turns in the assignment with a huge basket of fruit hoping for her approval of the Be-be gun. This is not given. She writes the same thing that his mother says, “You’ll shoot your eye out 홈타이.”
That same day, his father busts into the house bragging about how he won a prize. He thinks it is going to be a bowling alley, but it turns out to be a gaudy leg lamp. The father thinks it is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen since the whole leg glows when you turn it on and decides to put it in the front window. The mother is very embarrassed and turns off the leg with every chance she gets. The leg lamp is short lived since the mother breaks the lamp when watering her plants. The father frantically tries to glue it back together but realizes it can never be fixed. He decides to bury it in the back yard and mourns at the loss.
That night, the family picks out a tree. On the way back, they get a flat tire. Ralphy decides to help change the tire. His dad isn’t careful and knocks the hubcap out of Ralphy’s hands causing the bolts to go flying into the snow. At the same moment, Ralphy says the king of bad words and is sent back into the car. He blames the bad language on Flick as a bar of soap is put into his mouth even though his father says the word all the time. Flicks mom is called immediately and given the beating of his life.
As Ralphy and his little brother stand in line to see a frightening Santa, his parents go shopping there at the mall for Christmas presents. After a vary long wait, he finally gets his chance and blows it. He says that he wants a football. As Ralphy is being kicked down the slide he yells out what he really wants, a Red Rider be-be gun. Even Santa says that he will shoot his eye out with that thing.
The next morning is Christmas. Many presents are opened, even the one from his aunt which is a pink bunny pajama suit. After all the presents are opened his dad hands him a hidden present, the be-be gun. His mother is shocked, but agrees that he can go practice after he changes.
Outside, he only shoots the gun once when it ricochets back into his cheek, knocking him over. He begins looking for his glasses in the snow and steps on them. He had to think of an alternate story quick or he would never get to shoot again. He begins crying loudly and tells his mom that an icicle falls off the garage and hits him I the face. He is believed.