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Title : A Christmas Story: Why is the Lamp a Leg?
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“A Christmas Story” is my favorite Christmas movie, for both its heart and the nostalgia. Love every gag. (Except maybe Mom getting Randy to eat like a little piggie. 😲 )
And the Battle of the Leg Lamp is hilarious! But the only way I’d even CONSIDER owning a leg lamp is if I had a man cave ... and I’m not even sure of that! The thing is just damned tacky!
I’d sure love to know how the production crew came up with one, though ...
A Christmas Story is our favorite Christmas movie also and the leg lamp is our favorite Christmas decoration that proudly takes it’s spot in the center of our living room window the day after thanksgiving through the New Year!
This was very interesting, I had no idea this is why the leg lamp came to be. Now I need to find us some Nehi soda!!
This movie was not based during the great depression that happened about 10 years before1939 the year this movie was based.( the characters from 1939 wizzard of Oz were bothering him in the Santa line but that decoder ring was from 1940 so they used the wrong ring) the depression was 1929 to 33. I just had to mention this becase it effected my life growing up because my dad was a cheapskate because of it, he was a kid during the depression and had to wait in long lines just to get some bread because they had no food so it effected him later in life. But I love this video! It's also my favorite Christmas movie and I never knew about that lamp I thought it was just random sillly. So cool to know the reason why the leg makes it even better now! Also when I was a kid my favorite soda was orange nehi! 😊
Before ACS, PBS did some adaptations of Jean Shepherd's stories. (James Broderick, Matthew's dad, was The Old Man. Matthew would go on to play adult Ralphie in A Christmas Story Live on TV.) In one of these, The Phantom Of The Open Hearth, we see the first version of the leg lamp...and Shepherd's narration actually names Nehi in this version, as the original story didn't.
Everyone: talking about not knowing the history of the leg lamp or the connection to RC Cola
Me: Wait, the RC in RC Cola stands for Royal Crown???
(Also as a cashier in a grocery store, I can at least confirm that we do carry RC Cola, but not Nehi. It's so weird to me that people actually still drink it!)
I drank peach Nehi growing up in Tennessee. I only ever knew that the peach flavor existed, but it was my absolute favorite soda growing up. No other peach soda could quite measure up. They sell it in every grocery and convenience store in my home town. I always wondered why it was called Nehi. Thanks for the video.
There is a place called “The Bottle” near Auburn, Alabama where the world’s largest Nehi bottle once stood. It was a gas station in the shape of a giant bottle of Nehi with an observation deck on the bottle cap. Here’s a link to an old photograph of it. commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Bottle,_Alabama.jpg
Let's not forget the leg lamp was imported from Italy - it came from "Fra-Gil-E." 6:26 - May revealing my age here, but for 7UP, the real spokesperson is "The Un-Cola" guy played by Geoffrey Holder in the early 1970s, with his deep voice and wicked laugh at the end.
"This is a cola nut. It grows here. This is an Un-Cola Nut, it grows here too..."
BTW - Geoffrey Holder played Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond movie, "Live and Let Die."
I’m sorry, I HATE this movie SO MUCH! It is SO irritating and I can’t stand any of the characters, least of all the father...I love a LOT of Christmas classic movies, but I just CANT STAND THIS FILM...(I do, however really like this video, AS WELL AS Grape Nehi, which, come to think of it, I have Only found at Cracker Barrel!)
Wow, last week, I commented about a 90s sequel to A Christmas Story, and this week I get an actual episode based on the original holiday classic! Thanks a bunch. This is the year I plan on forcing my 8yo daughter into watching this. When she was 5, she’s asked Santa for an “air gun,” which actually is just a toy that shoots out a large puff of air, but when his helpers started laughing, and told me that’s what she asked for, I said “she’ll shoot her eye out!” And I have a leg lamp ornament, as well as a 42” leg lamp, that she knows about, but doesn’t quite understand how it’s related to the holiday. It is totally time for her to see this!
I remember a commercial in the 1970's (I think they showed "knees" in the ad) I thought it was sorta of cute & unique. Love to run across it again. I always thought the leg was very provocative, therefore the reason Mom was against it. Never got the NeHi connection. BTW the "toe" of her shoe could put Dads eye out! LOL! Thanks for giving me more insight to a favorite movie of mine. another BTW If you can find the orange flavor or even Stewarts Orange on a hot summer day with some lemon icebox cake....OyyyyyVey!!!!!
Yes, that's all very interesting, I will not deny. Let's not forget the esoteric symbolism placed in all popular movies. That leg is i. The Bible. Ill find the scripture. Basically it belongs to the "Lady in Red". The same character briefly shown to us by name in "The Matrix" we can get really deep here.
Not to take away from. Your soda research, haha. Good job.