Well, it’s cold outside. It’s about a week before Christmas. You’ve got that 12 pack of Sam Adams that you haven’t broken into yet. Sounds like you’ve got nothing else to do this weekend besides crack open a couple, and watch a Christmas movie or two.
Now, a good Christmas movie can pretty much be defined by an awesome dad character. There’s George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Clark Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Kermit the Frog from “A Muppet Christmas Carol.” John McClain from “Die Hard?” (if you count that “Die Hard” is in fact a Christmas movie, but that’s a debate for another time).
But the dad that tops of the list of Christmas movie dads has got to be Old Man Parker from “A Christmas Story.” How, you ask, can a character who doesn’t even have an established first name beat out all these heavy hitters? Because, just as every movie audience appreciates a good everyman character, Old Man Parker is an everydad. Here are a couple scenes that illustrate just what we’re talking about.
1) The leg lamp scene
Who can forget the iconic leg lamp scene? From his hilarious mispronunciation of “fragile” to him bragging to the rest of the neighbors on the block, only a dad like Old Man Parker could see the beauty in a gift like the leg lamp. He loves a good gift, no matter how trashy it is. Just try getting your dad a gift like that for Christmas and we’d bet he’d react the same way.
2) The flat tire scene
This scene is a triple threat of awesome dad attributes, as it shows Old Man Parker wanting nothing to do with his family’s annoying caroling, before changing a tire and instilling the fear of God into his son Ralphie after he lets an F-bomb fly.
“What did you just say?”
Such a classic scene.
3) The radiator scene
“It’s a cliiinnnkeeerrrr!” Commence the dad cussing.
4) The dinner table scene
Old Man Parker has no time for dinner table shenanigans. This is probably one of the more subtle moments in the film, but just watch how Parker reacts with disgust to his youngest son’s dinner table tomfoolery.
5) The Christmas tree bargaining scene
He’s never one to pass up on a good deal.
There are so many other good scenes to choose from, but we think you get the idea.