The holidays are here…you know what that means. Spiked egg nog, ugly (but awesome) sweaters and A Christmas Story on endless loop. The 1983 cult classic is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which is even more reason to grab your stocking cap and get ready to watch the parade at Higby's department store (or, you know, whatever equivalent your town has). Here's why we want to pour a glass of Ovaltine and join Ralphie, his bro Randy and the rest of the Hohman, Indiana crew for a '40s-style holiday…

1. We love every subplot in the flick, from Ralphie's quest for his Red Ryder BB Gun to the infamous tongue-meets-pole incident. Turns out, they're based on true stories from author Jean Shepherd, whose work was first published in Playboy. Who knew the pages of Playboy were responsible for this holiday gem? 

2. Ralphie's style? Timeless. Corduroy, plaid, sharp blazers… hell, we wish we dressed like him now. 

3. The "special effects" used in this movie are epic and old school. These days, studios use fancy fake snow—but in A Christmas Story, they had soap flakes and fire fighting foam. Oh, and did you ever wonder how their buddy Flick's tongue actually stuck to the pole? There was a hidden suction tube that made it look like it was sht-uck. Genius…