The thing that sets A Christmas Story apart is its personable nature.
Yeah, the leg lamp (lamp leg?), the bunny suit, and "You'll shoot your eye out" are as iconic as they are esoteric, but the main draw here is the feeling of genuine fondness for the joyful memories of Christmas.
That vibe of honesty allows any and all events herein-be they stressful, ironic, unexpected, par for the course, or completely imagined-to resonate with the viewer as truth.
It's partly in the homey, no-real-conflict atmosphere of both the Parker household and the era in general. Yeah, the 1940's were no picnic, and these people aren't perfect, but in the mind of the narrator, those days were about as pure and…