In honor of the holiday, and the soon-to-be-run-over-and-over-again-on-TBS movie, I read Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story. Not an adaptation of the movie, but a collection of essays from magazines published in the 1960s that became the basis of the movie. Most of the scenes are still there (with one notable exception I can think of), but if I could, I'd recommend reading this first before seeing the movie (I believe that is absolutely impossible for any human being over the age of 2 ). Still pretty humorous.