“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”- Visiting ‘A Christmas Story’ HOUSE!
it feels like we’ve been in the car for daaaaays…oh wait, we have. i was reunited with my handsome husband a few days ago in Buffalo, NY when we walked out to find our rental car buried in snow.
i quite literally had to dig with my hands to remove the foot of snow from behind the car so we didn’t high-center brrrr. we drove about 40 miles in 2 hours and decided it was getting too dangerous to continue so we pulled over to the nearest hotel, for which we were grateful. it however smelled like an old folks home and someone has already used the soap (need more one liners…my husband just published some more tour quotes from my mouth here). i won’t say which hotel but it’s the opposite of “NightsOut.”
i stayed like this drinking my hot cocoa for a full 30 minutes. the positive side of this is that the next morning we had time to visit the holy land of christmas, which is conveniently located in Cleveland, OH…
THE HOUSE FROM ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY!‘
it was SO awesome. remember how literally a few days before i was just watching this movie and eating too many s’mores with my dad?! it was super fun to visit and reenact a few scenes. we did the ‘shoot your eye out scene,’ the creepy brother Randy eating like a piggy at the table and saying ‘fudddge’ a lot. please note the ‘glow of electric sex’ in the window with the leg lamp! hilarious and surreal because i definitely felt like part of the crazy family and checked the mail box for the decorder ring.
for $10 you can go on a tour the house and the museum across the street but we were on a time crunch (needing to drive 14 hours that day) so we peered in windows and played in the gift shop. we were there on the 30th anniversary of the movie being out so they had extra cool things (i, of course, can only assume this since i’ve never been during the other years but it made me feel special).
every single thing you could ever want from the movie is available for purchase. literally…everything. from the soap in Ralphie’s mouth, to the bunny outfit, to the leg lamp, to the aviator hat that the awkward kid waiting for santa is wearing…i sort of wanted everything but left with a postcard.
they also had every piece of the town that you could purchase individually and put together to create your very own ‘christmas story’ in your home. my next life goal is to accumulate enough money and space so that i may do just that. tiny replicas of things bring me a a strange and massive sense of joy.
there is a whole website dedicated to visitors to this place so check it out here www.achristmasstoryhouse.com
3159 W 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44109
the new wifestyle: never pass up an opportunity to visit a fun place, even if it sets you back a little!
1) what’s your favorite part in ‘a christmas story?’
2) if money wasn’t an issue, what ridiculous and useless things would you start collect?
3) did you have a BB gun growing up?