A Christmas Story Story

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

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You’ll shoot your eye out!

“Tis the holiday season and that means A Christmas Story will be flashing it’s leg lamp soon! Ralphie’s infamous Red Ryder BB gun arrived in 1938 and remains available today. And so does the annual television retelling of the hilarious classic film, A Christmas Story. In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. And even better, since 1997, a marathon of the film titled “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” has aired annually on TNT and/or TBS, comprising twelve consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year. And my family is glued to the TV for most of the 24 hours. What about yours?

The movie has been described as a nostalgic, and wryly realistic tale of a family’s typical Christmas story in small-town America. You can never get enough of these scenes can you? But what’s the story behind A Christmas Story? I will tell you more, below.

 

 

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Learn more about this Christmas favorite…

Although he had a writing and radio career that spanned decades, Jean Parker Shepherd, Jr. is known for the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated and co-scripted, based on his own semi-autobiographical stories. The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story were previously published in Mr. Shepherd’s larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and I highly recommend them to you.

My stomping grounds of Northeast Ohio played a part in the movie:

  • The parade scene, was filmed just outside Higbee’s on Public Square in downtown Cleveland at 3 AM. The parade was filmed at night because during the daytime other buildings were visible.
  • Ralphie and Randy’s visit to see Santa,was filmed inside Higbee’s. The