Post Mortems

A Christmas Story Sequel, Unwrapped: Peter Billingsley Reflects on Ralphie's Old Man and Surprise Savior — Watch

Warning: The following reveals what happens in HBO Max’s A Christmas Story Christmas. If you haven’t watched the sequel, stuff this article in your stocking and return to it later.

Four decades after Ralphie came this close to shooting his eye out with a Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle, HBO Max has gifted us with a triple-dog dose of yuletide nostalgia. We’re referring, of course, to A Christmas Story Christmas, the highly anticipated followup to 1983’s A Christmas Story that features nearly all of the original cast.

The streaming sequel — yes, you can only find it on HBO Max (sign up here) — picks up 33 years after the events of the first movie. Peter Billingsley, now 51, reprises his role as Ralphie, husband to Sandy (played by Erinn Hayes) and father to Mark and Julie. Ralphie and Sandy have saved just enough money for Ralphie to take a sabbatical from work and attempt to write the next great American novel. But alas, his efforts fall short and his family falls on hard times, just as the holiday season rears its ugly head.