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What is Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

The must see movie of Christmas for me has to be A Christmas Story. I even cue up the TV every Christmas morning for the twenty-four hour Christmas Story marathon on TNT and just let it play all day long. I’ve fallen so in love with Ralphie and Randy, I gathered up the entire family and we made the trek to Cleveland to tour the actual house from the film! It was a little disappointing, though, with obviously no snow in July, and then, upon entering the house, learning that only the exterior had been used in the filming. All the interior rooms had been filmed on sets. The schoolhouse is up in Canada somewhere, and even the Chinese restaurant and Higbees no longer exist. Still, we did get to meet Randy, or rather Ian-his real name, and copped his autograph while we were there. The backyard and garage were indeed where Ralphie shoots Black Bart’s band of outlaws with his Red Ryder BB gun, with the compass in the stock and this thing which tells time, so we lingered there a while, soaking in the nostalgia of movie memories indelibly burned in brain matter, imagining the Bumpus hounds tearing a mad getaway through the yard after scarfing down the Parker family’s Christmas turkey. Of course, I now own the DVD and have been known to pop it in the player throughout the year as well–why limit a classic to a such short viewing time during the holidays?

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