It's 1940, in the northern Indiana town of Hohman.
9-year-old Ralph "Ralphie" Parker wants only one thing for Christmas - an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-short range model BB rifle
with a compass in the stock. Between his younger brother Randy and having to handle school bully Scut Farkus, Ralphie doesn't know how
he'll ever survive long enough to get the BB gun for Christmas. When Ralph asks his mother for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, she says,
"No, you'll shoot your eye out".
Mrs. Shields, Ralph's teacher at Harding Elementary School, assigns the class to write an essay about what they want for Christmas,
Ralph sees a golden opportunity to express his desire to have a Red Ryder BB gun. Ralph gets a C+ on the theme, and Mrs. Shields has written
"You'll shoot your eye out" on thte theme. Ralph's next plan is to ask Santa Claus for a Red Ryder BB gun, and how does Santa respond? By saying
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid." By this time, Ralph has had enough of that.
Ralph thinks he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas, and all of the other kids are going yo be getting what they want for Christmas.
But someone may have planned a surprise for Ralph...