Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #64: Leg Lamp

Leg lamp I spotted at Economy Furniture in Los Angeles, CA

I’m so excited to share this quirky piece of Christmas kitsch with you today. On the surface it is just a gaudy lamp that stems from two shapely, fishnet-clad legs, but to any fan of “A Christmas Story” (1983) it is reminiscent of an iconic movie prop…Do you remember the giant leg lamp the father receives as a gift in that movie? If you do, you aren’t alone. In fact, you can apparently purchase inflatable lawn ornaments and strings of Christmas lights that pay homage to the movie’s leg lamp. While Google searches turn up exact replicas of the leg lamp (which features just one leg), I think this incandescent pair of gams and their beaded tassels do a bang-up job of saying “merry Christmas” while cuing old-movie nostalgia…

Don’t you just love the red rose at the base of this lamp?

Psst: Speaking of “A Christmas Story,” why not check out my top picks for quirky holiday movies? Have you seen any zany decorations this season or watched a marathon of your favorite Christmas movies yet? Leave a comment.

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  • Reply kristina December 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    hey cote! the only movie that i’ve seen on your list so far is home alone, would you believe? where have i been right? the one w. geena davis, that looks like a good one! and hey, this kitschy leg lamp, how cool is that? as soon as i saw it i thought to myself that i had seen it somewhere in a movie, and yes, it was a christmas story, which by the way i still have yet to see this season… i guess i really need to start watching more t.v.!! hope you had a great wednesday my friend and are keeping the holiday stressors at bay!! 😉 😉
    xoxo, kristina

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté December 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Ooh, you should definitely see “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” It is a really fun, action-packed movie, and how can you really go wrong with watching a Samuel L. Jackson movie at Christmas time? 😉 I’m doing my best to avoid holiday stressors as I run lots of last-minute errands, and I’m sending you wishes for a very happy, creative and relaxing holidays, friend! 🙂

  • Reply Laine December 22, 2011 at 1:06 am


  • Reply Bill Schwartz December 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I had only heard about The Christmas Story a couple of years ago and now watch it religiously, even though I’m Jewish. I cannot pass boy a leg mannequin without thinking of the leg lamp. Great photo.

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté December 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Bill! You know, I’ve come to think of “A Christmas Story” as more of a coming-of-age comedy than as a Christmas movie – there’s too much awesomeness in it to restrict it to one religion or time of year. 😉 I haven’t watched it yet this year, but I’m sure I will in a matter of days. Ralphie in his thick-rimmed glasses and that pink bunny costume gets me every time. 🙂

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