A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

We are all one of two types of people this time of year. Those that love the constant exposure to the movie “A Christmas Story,” or those that get tired of it. I for one, never get tired of watching the Parker Family and their holiday shenanigans. I enjoy listening to the movie marathon in the background as I prepare dinner on Christmas. As I watch it with my children, I often smile when I hear them marvel at some of the differences of that era. When the tire blows, Ralphie’s dad changes the tire on their car himself. Who does that, they wonder? Why not call AAA instead? Mrs. Parker calls Mrs. Schwartz to tell her that Ralphie learned foul language from her son, and she uses a rotary phone! My children have only seen those in museums and can’t fathom not being connected to the world through their cell phone. The most memorable example to me is Mr. Parker, better known as the Old Man, seemingly excited to fight a never-ending battle with the monster in his basement, his furnace! Although funny to the viewer, who would enjoy that?

At first glance, from our viewpoint of modern convenience, it seems hard to believe what people had to endure during the 1950s. If you look a little deeper, though, you can see that our concerns don’t change, even though our methods of problem-solving may have. Ralphie’s mom would still call Mrs. Schwartz today, but probably on her cell phone. Her concern for her son doesn’t change, just how the message gets conveyed. And really…if the Old Man got a flat tire today, would he really change it himself when there are so many roadside services? The need doesn’t change, but the way it can be addressed sure has!

The same is true of the epic battle with the furnace. Mr. Parker didn’t pick a fight with the furnace because he was bored, although he did seem to enjoy it! It stemmed from his desire to keep his family warm during cold Indiana winters. That is something all Hoosiers can relate to. We all want warm comfortable homes without a fight. The trick to that is asking for help before it becomes a fight. We want to be your modern-day solution to an age-old concern – keeping your family comfortable. Call us! We want to help make sure your furnace is ready for Indiana winter 2019. We will address any issues before they become holiday emergencies! Murphy’s Law is real! Problems always happen when we don’t have time for them.

The overall theme of “A Christmas Story” is one that resonates with any age or background. No matter how different or crazy your loved ones seem, they are a blessing. The most important part of the holiday season is enjoying time spent with loved ones. We want you to be prepared, so you can enjoy this time of year with your family, in the comfort of your own home.