Plain Dealer essay contest: What do you want for Christmas?

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by Laura DeMarco/Plain Dealer Friday magazine editor
Beginning Monday, “A Christmas Story”-themed window will be on display in the old Higbee’s building on Public Square in Cleveland.

What do you want for Christmas this year? Now’s your chance to tell us.In honor of the 25th anniversary of the movie “A Christmas Story,” The Plain Dealer, Positively Cleveland and A Christmas Story House and Museum are running a “What I Want for Christmas” essay contest.

Submit an essay about your wish list — just like the one Miss Shields asked her class to write in the classic film — and enter to win a few presents on us. The prizes will be almost as good as the official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle that Ralphie wanted. 

There will be two prize packages, one for kids 16 and younger, and one for those over 16. Each 400-word essay must be e-mailed to by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Essays can also be sent to the Positively Cleveland Visitors Center, 100 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113. The winning essays will be published in The Plain Dealer on Saturday, Dec. 13. Here’s what you could win:

16 and younger: $100 gift certificate to take the whole family to Pearl of the Orient, a four-pack of general admission tickets to A Christmas Story House and Museum, a four-pack of general admission tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a $50 gift certificate to Big Fun in Coventry and two tickets to the Lake Erie Monsters game Friday, Dec. 26.

17 and older: A 45-inch, full-size leg lamp instead of the Pearl of the Orient certificate. All other prizes are the same. For more contest details, go to

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