Saturday, January 3, 2009

You'll shoot your eye out!








Are you a fan of the Christmas Story movie?? I love it!! My mom lives in Northeast Ohio, not too far from where the Christmas Story movie was filmed in the 80's. The house is now restored and open for tours and we got a chance to visit it this year. I learned on the tour that only the outside shots of the house were filmed in Cleveland Ohio at this home. The inside shots of the home and school scenes were all filmed in Canada. They've restored the house to resemble the home from the movie, and they have a museum and gift shop across the street. Let me just say, this house is in a very, very bad neighborhood. I was a little scared when we pulled up the street. The tour guide told us they have plans to purchase a few houses in the neighborhood and make it a "Christmas Story wonderland" (oh how wonderful!) and turn a few of the houses into bed & breakfasts. They are in negotiations to purchase the Bumpas' house next door - remember the Bumpas family had the dogs that reigned terror on their Thanksgiving turkey dinner! A few of the original characters were at the house, the female elf from the Higbee's scene that says "Hurry up kid, the mall's closing!" to Ralphie; and the delivery guy who brings the "major award" leg lamp to their home. Did you know the Christmas Story house is the #1 most visited museum in Cleveland for the last 2 years?! Wow! There are some good museums in Cleveland. Surpassing the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Science Museum and others?! I would say I am surprised, but after visisiting there, it is so interesting and I strongly recommend it to all! Hope you enjoy these pics.

6 comments:

Kathy said...

OMG. If you go back, you have to meet up with my mom! She lives in Cleveland, too! Actually, my grandma (mom's mom) lives pretty much right around the corner from the Christmas Story house. I can't believe you were just right there! :) Sounds like fun. I haven't been in it yet. I didn't know they had made it into a museum!

Susan said...

Oh what fun! Thanks for sharing this. I had no idea this existed. I have a friend that is crazy about that movie. She has one of those leg lamps and she does the whole "Christmas Story" theme each year when she decorates for Christmas.

rubberstampinzone said...

How cool is that! Love the pictures thanks for sharing.
I never knew that existed either.And I grew up in Michigan and My husband grew up in Ohio. Had no clue. neat-O

Nettie said...

You were certainly around the corner from where mom lives and I was at her house over the holiday. I totally forgot about that house and what they have done to restore it or I would have had her take me. Next time your'e in town we will get together.

Nettie

Laura said...

I can't even begin to tell you how jealous I am of your trip to the Christmas Story house!
Laura

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

This looks like so much fun! That is one of my favorite Christmas movies!