"" Writer's Wanderings: The Christmas Story House

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Christmas Story House

Thanksgiving weekend is always the beginning of the Christmas traditions in our house although there have been a few changes along the way as our family has grown and we have gotten older (ouch! did I say older?). Most weekends, we drag out the old favorite movies--A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation.

This year we added to the festivities by driving past the newly restored Christmas Story house in Cleveland. This is the house where the outdoor shots were made for the movie. The owner has renovated it on the inside so that it resembles the movie set rooms where the infamous Bumpuss dogs ran through the kitchen destroying the turkey dinner and Ralphie paraded down the stairway in the lovely pink bunny sleeper.

Sure enough, there in the front window sat the leg lamp in all its illuminated glory reflecting those childhood memories of Christmases past we share with Ralphie. I remember my mother telling my brother, "No, you'll shoot your eye out."

2 comments:

Kaye Dacus said...

Oh, Karen--thank you so much for posting this link! I, too, am a huge fan of "A Christmas Story" and watch it at least once a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas (this year, I cheated and got it out the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!).

To add a twist on this--last weekend, I saw the movie "The Breakup" and Peter "Ralphie" Billingsly was not only one of the actors in it, but one of the executive producers! Every time I watch A Christmas Story, I have to remind myself that he's a month older than me (35)!

Karen said...

Kaye, we've watched it once already and will probably watch it one more time with our other son and his family and then go see the house. Our other annual movie is Christmas Vacation. Don't know that anyone will do a Griswold house though.

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