I have just discovered that the movie A Christmas Story, set in the 1940’s Midwest, celebrated its 25th anniversary last month and, of course, is still going strong as arguably THE Christmas movie we can most relate to. The movie attracts not only those in my middle-age group who grew up with the big snowsuits, the bullies, the boss-of-the-family dad and the deferring stay-home mom, but younger folks who relate because who doesn’t have a quirky, imperfect family (or at least some crazy relatives). For many, the holidays just aren’t Norman Rockwell, and The Christmas Story makes us laugh and feel better about our own shortcomings. Turkey or Peking duck, Auntie’s wonderful or weird present, we enjoy Christmas in our own (sometimes very “special”) way.
The original house where The Christmas Story was filmed is now a museum in Cleveland Ohio. The website features a lot of trivia, photos of the actors now (Peter Parker, Scut Farkus, and others, but not Ralphie), memories of those involved in the movie. Click here to see a video clip of the 25th anniversary weekend, November 18, 2008.
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