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Just in time for Christmas, the cockles of my heart are warmed to learn that one of my favorite holiday movies has come to life:

Switch on your leg lamp and warm up the Ovaltine. The Christmas Story House and Museum will be ready for visitors starting Saturday.

Imagine being inside Ralphie Parker’s 1940s home on Christmas Day. Stand on the staircase where Ralphie modeled his hated bunny suit. See the table where Ralphie’s dad wanted to display his tacky leg lamp. Gaze out a back window at the shed where Black Bart hid out. …

This past weekend saw the grand opening of The Christmas Story House. The house, used primarily for exterior shots in the 1983 filming, was renovated to look just like Ralphie’s home in the movie by owner Brian Jones, a lifelong Christmas Story fan.

At the museum gift shop, you can buy a chocolate BB rifle or a replica leg lamp from Red Rider Leg Lamps, started by Jones in 2003. And, I hope, Jean Shepherd’s In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. Ho ho ho!

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One Response

  1. I know this is an old post, but I came across it and couldn’t help leaving this comment. We currently have a “What I Want for Christmas” essay contest going on at http://www.positivelycleveland.com/Holidays08 and I wanted to share this info with you. The prizes include:

    PRIZE DETAILS (ages 16 and younger)

    o $100 gift certificate to Pearl of the Orient, the official Chinese restaurant of A Christmas Story House and Museum
    o 4-pack of general admission tickets to A Christmas Story House and Museum
    o 4-pack of general admission tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    o $50 gift certificate to Big Fun
    o Two tickets – Lake Erie Monsters vs. Toronto Marlies with Platinum Club Access, 12/26/08

    PRIZE DETAILS (ages 17 and older)

    o 45″ Full Size Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story
    o 4-pack of general admission tickets to A Christmas Story House and Museum
    o 4-pack of general admission tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    o $50 gift certificate to Big Fun
    o Two tickets – Lake Erie Monsters vs. Toronto Marlies with Platinum Club Access, 12/26/08

    Deadline to enter is 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Entrants must be 13 years of age or older at the time of entry OR entries for those under 13 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.

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