by Lisa Iannucci
Oh fudge! There are only a few weeks left of the holiday season! If you dream of owning a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, you are definitely a fan of the iconic movie “A Christmas Story.”
Released in 1983, it is based on the Jean Shepherd’s book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories that Shepherd wrote for “Playboy” magazine during the 1960s.
The movie centers around Ralphie, a young boy who dreams of owning the air rifle, but his parents have put their foot down. “You’ll shoot your eye out,” his mother declares. Ralphie decides to take matters into his own hands, dropping hints and even visiting the jolly old man himself.
The comedy has become a holiday classic. Fans of the movie can check out the actual house where the movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, which is now open for tours. It is located directly across the street from the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, including the family car, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. The museum is now open seven days a week all year-round.
And, yes, you can see the holy grail of props from the movie – the air rifle – on display at the museum. They purchased it approximately a year ago to add to their collection.
Can’t make it to Cleveland, Ohio just yet, but feeling lucky? There is a small window of time available to enter to win a stay at the house, thanks to A Christmas Story Museum fundraising eBay auction that is currently on until Thursday night. The winner and three guests will spend two fun-filled days in the home, receive tickets to local attractions, and win souvenir bb-guns and decoder pins.
If you don’t win this awesome prize, but still want to visit the A Christmas Story Museum, The Kimpton Schofield Hotel in Cleveland also offers the “Ralphie Suite Package” which includes overnight accommodations in a suite that will be recreated to look like Ralphie’s home. Of course this includes the Leg Lamp, Bunny Robes, a Decoder Ring, and LifeBouy Soap. You need to book at least three days in advance – rooms start at $679 per night. While you’re there, check out the Cleveland Play House and their adaptation of the famed movie, running until Dec. 23.
If you’ve never seen A Christmas Movie, don’t worry. You’re not out of the loop. Simply tune into the many, many, many times it will be seen this on television during this upcoming holiday season. According to A Christmas Movie museum website, the cable network TNT first aired its 12 showing, 24-hour marathon as a stunt in 1988, but popular demand turned stunt into tradition. The annual marathon (now aired on TBS) starts every Christmas Eve and attracts more than 40 million people who tune in at some point to watch.
Don’t forget to order your Christmas leg lamp or the famous bunny suit for your loved one too.