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6 classic movies about holidays and money

'A Christmas Story'
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'A Christmas Story'

'A Christmas Story'

It's set at Christmas, but what you probably remember most is the kid in the pink bunny suit. Or the leg lamp.

The movie follows Ralphie, a 9-year-old in the 1940s, and his quest for what he sees as the best Christmas gift: a Red Ryder BB gun. But every time he tells someone what he wants, he hears the same refrain: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

On the big day, however, he gets his heart's desire -- although nothing follows the script of an "ideal" holiday. A mishap with the gun shows that the adults in his life weren't wrong to be worried. And thanks to the neighbor's pack of half-wild mutts, the family ends up eating their Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

But for Ralphie, now an adult, it was one of the most memorable and perfect holidays ever.

What it reveals: "Despite everything going against your plan, you can sometimes, on the fly, adjust and have a meaningful holiday," Mark says. "Tradition is what you make it."

Revelation for cynics: Wearing all of your winter clothes at the same time, like poor Randy, may help you stay warm this season, but the warmest holiday memories are made from time spent with the ones you love.

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