Archive for 2009


December 1st, 2009 by Ralphie



A Christmas Story Experience Charity Auction

A Christmas Story House & Museum

Cleveland Scholarships Programs


“A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas…” is now yours for the bidding. A Christmas Story House & Museum (, in partnership with Jimmy Malone of Cleveland’s “Lanigan and Malone Show” on Majic 105.7, invite the winning bidder and three guests to spend two days reliving their favorite moments from the cult classic A Christmas Story at the original A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio! This special once in-a-lifetime experience is being offered exclusively through this auction, with all proceeds from the charity auction going to the Cleveland Scholarship Programs.

The Cleveland Scholarship is Northeast Ohio’s only regional resource promoting educational awareness and opportunity to enrich our community and prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Cleveland Scholarship Programs has a vital role in transforming Northeast Ohio from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.


1 Day, 1 Night stay for four (4) in a suite at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

2 Day, 2 Night accommodations for four (4) at A Christmas Story House

Chinese Turkey dinner for four (4)

Dinner for four (4) at John Q’s Steakhouse

Guest Appearance on the Lanigan and Malone Show

Admission for four (4) to “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland

Admission for four (4) to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Admission for four (4) to the Cleveland Botanical Garden

$200 shopping spree in A Christmas Story House Gift Shop


Charity auction begins: Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Charity auction ends: Friday, December 11th, 2009

Winners visit runs: Sunday, December 20th – Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009


Place your bids at


Jill Wallenstein
Landau Public Relations

Christine Jindra
Scholarship Fund
>216.241.5587 ext. 127
216.870.8577 (cell)

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Chirstmas Panorama – A Christmas Story

November 30th, 2009 by Ralphie

HEre are some images we created in our Simcoe Christmas Panorama.
We have been going strong for 50 years!
WE created this display to honour the movie.
Tyler at Canadian Leg Lamps supplied some of the props!
Daryl Granger
Creative Director of Simcoe Christmas Panorama.

Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Simcoe Christmas Panorama

Simcoe Christmas Panorama

Simcoe Christmas Panorama
Simcoe Christmas Panorama

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Red Ryder in the News…

November 25th, 2009 by Ralphie

Here is a story from Bakersfield, California sent in by Joe Sarris:

Christmas present accidentally triggers bank robbery scare

Armed police swarmed around the Bank of America at the Marketplace Wednesday afternoon ready to pounce on a man who reportedly walked into the Bank of America with a shotgun.

The report was a bit exaggerated.

But it took nearly an hour to figure out how harmless it all was as even more misinformation was funneled to the police.

As nearby businesses were evacuated and major streets were shut down, people sent text messages to police that robbers might be at another Bank of America branch.

Police confirmed that wasn’t true. They then telephoned employees at the Marketplace branch to find out what they were up against.

Nothing at all, was the reply.

So the police looked next door to Watson Realty and there they found a man who matched the description of “the suspect.”

He did bring a gun into the office — a Red Ryder BB rifle which was a Christmas gift he wanted to store at the office.

The drama was over.

Ming Avenue and Scarlet Oak bordering the shopping center were reopened. People continued with normal shopping and banking.

Link to Original Article

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Christmas Story Outdoor Display

November 23rd, 2009 by Ralphie


Each year on our front lawn we display “life-sized” 3-dimensional characters and scenes from “A Christmas Story.” We add an additional highlight from the film each year and so far there are six different “clips.” Each year the village of Bolingbrook presents awards for Christmas displays, and we are the recipients of these “MAJOR AWARDS” for the past six years. Personally, I think our years as professional puppeteers have given us a slight edge. Enjoy the pictures.
Mel, LaVerne, and Neal Biske
Bolingbrook, IL
A Christmas story
A Christmas Story House
Ralphie A Christmas Story
Flick A Christmas Story flag pole
Flick Christmas Story flag pole

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Big Fans!

November 23rd, 2009 by Ralphie

This year our family decided to pay tribute to our favorite holiday movie.

My husband and I dressed as “Electric sex” and “The pink nightmare” made several guest appearances this Halloween season. My son even wanted to join is as Ralphie with his BB gun.

We opted to have a friend take some photos which will be part this years Chirstmas cards!

Enjoy! Seasons Greetings and ….fra ra ra ra ra… ra ra ra ra!  From Kansas City!

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Halloween Costume

November 16th, 2009 by Ralphie

This is me at as the Pink Nightmare at a Halloween Party. Btw, I won most original costume prize.
Ron Bower,
Columbus, OH.

Pink bunny pajamas ralphie Christmas story

Pink bunny pajamas ralphie Christmas story

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Win a Trip to A Christmas Story House

November 4th, 2009 by Ralphie

Win a Trip to A Christmas Story House!!!

Christmas Vacation 20th Anniversary Salute!

Show us your Clark Griswold approach to Christmas for a chance to win a trip to A Christmas Story House & Museum as the guest of honor and official illuminator of 25,000 twinkle lights on A Christmas Story House.

A Christmas Story House Griswold Contest Vacation


This season, two holiday classics will collide: A Christmas Story House & Museum will “go Griswold” and bedeck in 25,000 twinkle lights to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Starting November 1 through November 13, 2009, contestants can email photos or a YouTube video link of a home that they have decorated in true Griswold fashion along with a description, in 200 words or less, of how they feel they reflect the spirit of Clark Griswold at Christmas. One lucky winner (and a guest) will win the opportunity to come to A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio to officially plug-in the lights on Saturday, November 21, 2009.  The lights will remain on the house throughout the Christmas season.

Photos will be displayed on our website so that people can see the Clark Griswold-inspired decorating that goes on around the country! The winner will be announced the week of November 16, 2009.

We promise we won’t staple the winner’s shirt to the house, or ask them to check every bulb!


WHO: All who aspire to keep the Griswold spirit alive should enter!

WHEN: The Griswold Contest runs November 1st to 13th.  The lighting ceremony will take place November 21st.

WHERE:    For entry and official rules visit:

Christmas Vacation Moose Mugs now available for pre-order!!!
Moose Mugs Christmas Vacation To commemorate the 20th anniversary of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation A Christmas Story House gift shop is carrying replica moose mugs, just like the ones that Clark and Cousin Eddie toasted.  The perfect Christmas party item or gift for that special “cousin” in your life.

Moose Mug

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Halloween Costume Photos

November 3rd, 2009 by Ralphie

My family and I are the biggest fans of A Christmas Story.  Our Great Dane and I were even in a pet-costume contest!

Thank you!

Natalie and Quentin Cahill and Mimosa

Bloomington, Illinois

Leg Lamp Halloween Costume

Leg Lamp Halloween Costumer

Leg Lamp Halloween Costume

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Leg Lamp Halloween

November 3rd, 2009 by Ralphie

Leg Lamp Dress and Crate Costumes are available in our gift shop along with Ralphie bunny suits.

Click here to buy one of these great Halloween or Christmas Party costumes!

A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Dress CostumeLeg Lamp Costume A Christmas StoryRalphie Bunny Suit Costume A Christmas Story Halloween

Click here to buy one of these great Halloween or Christmas Party costumes!

Here is an early home made version of the leg lamp costume:

I love Halloween. And I love A Christmas Story!

Leg Lamp Costume Its A Major Award

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Bunny Suit

November 2nd, 2009 by Ralphie

Halloween went great so thank you for all your help.  As promised here are some pics of the finished products!
Thank you again! Larry
Ralphie pink bunny pajamas
Ralphie pink bunny pajamas
Ralphie pink bunny pajamas

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