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Since 1983, A Christmas Story has been required viewing during the holidays, so you'd think we would know everything there is to know about it by now. But the internet just got its mind blown when it learned that Ralphie also made an appearance in another holiday classic, Elf


You can't exactly blame us for not recognizing him sooner. After 20 years, Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie, looked a whole lot different. But sure enough, it's him playing an elf named Ming Ming across from Will Ferrell in 2003's Elf.

Once you know it's Ralphie, it's impossible to miss. It just took most of us 15 years to pick up on it.

User @_jack_Schaller was among the first to post the bombshell on Twitter, but he definitely wasn't alone.

Once word got out, the site was overrun with people who were realizing it for the first time.




Twitter's collective mind was blown by the connection between the two Christmas classics.






As it turns out, Billingsley has kept pretty busy since his days as Ralphie, both in front of the camera and behind it. Along with a handful of other on-screen appearances, Billingsley has worked extensively as a writer and producer, often collaborating with Iron Man director Jon Favreau.




Behind the scenes, Billingsley has an impressive list of TV and film credits, including F is for Family, The Break Up, Iron Man, Zathura, and Couple's Retreat, but every Christmas we'll continue to remember him as Ralphie.

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