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A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film | Jean Shepherd
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A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americanathe book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film. The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American familys typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to Its a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parkers shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and fathers pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphies duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphies unstoppable campaign to get Santaor anyone elseto give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, Youll shoot your eye out, kid? The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. From the Hardcover edition.
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MoonWitch94
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Each year I light my leg lamp in my bedroom window. It is 💯 a #majorsward & my neighbors love it. #WinterGames #JingleBallers #SharedHolidayTradition #leglamp #christmasstory

Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh gosh, for quite a while there I sincerely thought your lamp was lit on FIRE!!!! So by 'light your leg lamp' you mean with a light globe, not a lighter! Phew! Awesome lamp! So cool your neighbors appreciate it too 😎 1mo
MoonWitch94 @Curiouser_and_curiouser it DOES look like fire 🔥!! We live on a dead end, so it‘s nice that my neighbors enjoy it, otherwise no one else would. ♥️ 1mo
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Jess_Franzino
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Pickpick

Two days into #24b42020 and only NOW have I actually gotten some reading time, hence why I‘m only one hour into the #readathon & it took me three whole days to get through this 133 page book 😂 Absolutely love this. A collection of the stories of Jean Shepherd that were complied together to create the script for “A Christmas Story”. It is just as poignant and charming as would be expected from a legend such as Jean Shepherd. ❤️

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Skygoddess1
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Pickpick

For years I have spent Christmas Day watching TBS‘s 24 hours of A Christmas Story. This year I finally read the book, in addition to my annual viewing. I don‘t know why it took me so long to read this book, it was so much fun reading the stories that inspired the classic film. I especially loved learning more about the next door neighbors. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #TBRRead #HolidayRead

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Jess_Franzino
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FINALLY able to find some time over the holidays to sit down and actually read the amazing stories of Jean Shepherd that inspired the beloved movie. Just HAD to share this illustration of the leg lamp next to the mini leg lamp my dad has (been visiting his house).

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Charityann
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Watched this classic yesterday and forgot to post about it.... #wintergames #tmskellington #holidaymovies @Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

Crimson613 6pts!! 12-26 2mo
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Wellreadhead
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Daisey Merry Christmas! 🎄 2mo
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MoonWitch94
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I love this movie. I grew up with it, I have directed the play and I own the leg lamp light. It is for sure a classic. And this week I FINALLY read the story it is based on! #AChristmasStory #WinterGames #JingleBallers #ImpulseRead #HolidayRead #BooktoMovieAdaptation

Scochrane26 Have you been to Cleveland to the house? It‘s fun. 2mo
MoonWitch94 No! But it is on my bucket list. 2mo
FantasyChick I have never read the story! I really should do that some year. 26pts 2mo
FantasyChick Sorry....31pts 2mo
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rabbitprincess
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The living room at my parents' place is the unofficial reading room. Our plush Rudolph decided he wanted to join the reading fun 😂

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Chili
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders #HolidayRead I think this is my new favorite holiday read.

Clwojick 26 points #booktomovie 2mo
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LeahBergen
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BookNAround Did you know the book was originally called In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash? I have a copy from before it was renamed. 2mo
CarolynM I love the film but I've never read the book. I really need to! 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround I didn‘t know that. Cool! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I‘m in the same boat. This book was a gift from a friend. ☺️ 2mo
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Susanita
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My sister and I went to the “Enchant” light maze at Nationals Park on Black Friday. The objective was to find all of Santa‘s #reindeer and reveal a message on a card. When we passed the same reindeer for the third time, she said, “I hope the message doesn‘t tell us to drink more Ovaltine.” #hollyjollyreading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 beautiful!!!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 😂 that is beautiful! 2mo
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AmyK1
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Tonight‘s family #holidaymovie. It‘s based on parts of 2 books and is a family #hoildaytradition 31pts 😁 🔫 #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick woohoo! based on two books? I think that makes this 36 pt. 2mo
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Chili
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders This was actually the first time I have watched this movie. It was cute. Gotta love the leg lamp. 🤣 #holidaymovie

Clwojick 6 pt 2mo
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Readage
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• December 8th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
CHRISTMAS BOOK TITLE GENERATOR 🎄📚 •

My Christmas Book Title is: Where Silver Bells Would Glisten

#happyholidays #games #TeamFestivus

EliNeedsMoreShelves That's lovely! 2mo
wanderinglynn That is lovely! ❤️⛄️ 2mo
Readage @wanderinglynn Lol 😉 2mo
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overtheedge
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Bingo #GypsyKat
#wintergames #ReadNosedReindeer @Clwojick @StayCurious
I have not watched polar Express, yet.....its next!

StayCurious Yay a bingo! +21 2mo
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overtheedge
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Movie
A Christmas Story. 1983. TBS on demand.
All Ralohie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder air rifle.....and for everyone to quit bullying him.
Based on stories by Jean Shepard
#wintergames #ReadNosedReindeer @Clwojick @StayCurious #GypsyKat #booktomovie

CarolynM Forget about Christmas. One of my favourite movies of any kind❤️ 2mo
StayCurious Great! +11 2mo
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sblbooks
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Mehso-so

#WinterGames ❄❄❄
I had to redo my post I forgot to click on review, not blurb. In honor of our #teamelectricsex and @LibrarianRyan . #BooktoMovie I like the movie better in this case, I didn't like the part about the redneck family; and to much foul language.
Book 2 finished. #holidayread @StayCurious @Clwojick

marleed I wish I liked this movie as much as other people! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeah. I have heard similar things from other people. +26 3mo
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Sargar114
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“You‘ll shoot your eye out!”

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sblbooks
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#WinterGames this may be overly ambitious but I'm going to attempt to finish these #holidayreads I found on Audible, Kindle and OverDrive. #Christmasreads @Clwojick @StayCurious #teamelectricsex @LibrarianRyan #HollyJollyReading #DecemberTBR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻🎊 3mo
LibrarianRyan Holly Smokes. The Audios should be two long. And the Best Christmas Pageant EVER!!!!!!!. It really is. +26 3mo
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lahousewyfe
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Throughout Advent, share one book every day you think people should know about - I love this, @emilyrose_x ! I'm going to do my best to #adventrecommends. Can't wait to see what others share!

(Tagged book is my sneaky pre-beginning recommendation. One of my favorite collections of humourous essays!)

emilyrose_x Thank you for sharing! 😁 3mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Merry Christmas, Littens! Whether you celebrate or not, I hope today holds a bit of magic just for you. #MerryBookmas #MerryChristmas

AmyG Merry Christmas! 14mo
Chrissyreadit Merry Christmas! 14mo
CouronneDhiver Merry Christmas 🎄 14mo
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Daisey Merry Christmas! 🎄 14mo
CrowCAH Merry Christmas from Michigan, USA!!! 14mo
Avanders Merry Christmas! 🎄♥️ 14mo
Kaye Happy Holidays ♥️ 14mo
AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄 14mo
erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas to you! 14mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻 14mo
BookwormAHN Merry Christmas 🎄 14mo
Mollyanna Merry Christmas 🎄 14mo
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Bibliogeekery
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You'll shoot your eye out! Watching this family favourite 🎄🎅

Redwritinghood Best Christmas movie ever! 14mo
That-Bookish-Hiker My husband and I watch the marathon this movie on TBS on Christmas Eve. 24 hrs of A Christmas Story! 😆 14mo
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bullbunny
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Not to worry @vkois88 it finally came! The beautiful and heavy box is waiting to be opened! My #XrossXtitchornamentswap has arrived. It stays with the #jolabokaswap waiting ^^

vkois88 Yay!!! I'm so glad. It is kinda heavy 😂😂 14mo
vkois88 I had to balance two of those and a stroller at the post office lol 14mo
bullbunny @vkois88 I am going to be shocked what you managed to fit in that for sure. Wow you have skills! 14mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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It's #FriYayIntro time! @howjessreads

1. I love everything bookish, but coffee mugs and bags are my favorite.
2. The Hubs and I go to the fancy movie theater by our house. This is the first Christmas without my mom, so we're going to have a quiet one. She lived with us for fhe last 6 years, so the holidays have been a little (or a lot) emotional.
3. Already did!
4. Tagged book- although I DO prefer the movie.
5. Let the likes begin!

Eggs #2 😔 14mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. A Christmas Story 😡😡😡
2. Mostly morning, but sometimes I'll shower st night to ssve time in the morning.
3. Lynn
4. We had a 75th birthday party at my house tonight for my mother. Market, Coffee date, Costco, Craft Fair and putting up our Dicken's Villagec tomorrow.
5. Did and will do more.
#friYAYintro @howjessreads

TheBookHippie I agree A Christmas Story!!!😡🥵🤬🤯 1y
JillPill I also agree with A Christmas Story! 1y
Kshakal I have never actually watched a Christmas story! 1y
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Allydanielle88 I've watched a Christmas Story once when I was a kid. Not my cup of tea. I guess I'm wondering why the angry emojis? I can't remember a lot of what happened so I'm interested. (edited) 1y
bookish_wookish #1 and #3 Same! 1y
Jdav9613 I don‘t like A Christmas Story either and it‘s extra annoying that it‘s played repeatedly. 1y
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Aloisi_tribe
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We‘re working on decorating the library for Christmas and I came up with the idea of making staff stockings. Each staff member decorated their own stocking. This is mine. A Christmas Story is my very favorite holiday movie.

Tamra Cute idea! 1y
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kyraleseberg
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I'm testing sugar cookie recipes today in search of the perfect one to hold its shape for intricate cookie cutters like this.
Making progress on my current read, The Paragon Hotel, in between batches!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Fra- gee- lay!!! 1y
JoScho Glowing sex! 1y
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Redwritinghood Best Christmas movie ever! 1y
AlaMich I love this!!! 1y
vivastory This is the best thread 😂😂 1y
kyraleseberg @JoScho There's nothing like the soft glow of electric sex at Christmastime 😂 1y
kyraleseberg @Redwritinghood I completely agree! 1y
kyraleseberg @AlaMich @vivastory 🤗🤗 You can't look at these cookies without speaking in movie quotations! 1y
AlaMich Now I could never be sure, but I thought I heard the sound of Taps being played gently. (I had to look that one up because all the leg-lamp related quotes I remembered were already taken 😅) 1y
kyraleseberg @AlaMich 😂 I'd forgotten that one!! You know the mom knocked the lamp over, no way was it an accident 😂 1y
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FlowerFairy
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1. Nothing at the moment.
2. About two weeks before Christmas.
3. Red velvet cake
4. Little Drummer Boy performed by David Bowie and Bing Crosby.
5. A Christmas Story and National Lampoon‘s Christmas Vacation.

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OrangeMooseReads
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#fivequestionfriday @suzie.reads
1. Books as always. Anything off my wishlist.
2. Not until at least 12/1
3. My mom‘s sugar cookies with buttercream frosting 🤤
4. O, Holy Night
5. Either ‘A Christmas Story‘ or ‘Elf‘

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AlobelThee
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#fivequestionfriday @suzie.reads ⛄️

1. Books by a mindful selection. 😯 I still have lots to catch up on, at that tough time of letting some go; moving in the New Year.
2. After Dec 5th, as my sister's birthday.
3. Cookies and Eggnog
4. Reindeer, by The Knife
5. A Christmas Story

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bookcollecter
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1. Yes
2. #PaperAdventChains
3. #X-Mas films
4. only on X-mas
5. #Scrooged #BillMurray
6. @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! ☺️ 1y
jb72 I just bought Scrooged the other day. I love that movie. My favorite movie is Christmas Vacation. 1y
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bookcollecter
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ByChallaF Thanks. I just signed up 1y
TheBookKeepers Thanks for the tag!! I‘ve joined!! 1y
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RavenLovelyReads
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Fra- gee-leh....must be Italian! 😂 Having fun with #myfavoritebookswap and quoting movies.

QuietlyLaura That is exactly how I read that word! 😂 1y
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OwenBanner
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Titled “No Room”, this haiku was inspired by a Christmas prompt #haiku #poetry #poem #shortstory #microfiction #christmas #nativity #authorsoflitsy

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OrangeMooseReads
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Man Cub has a B&N gift card (he ended up with no books), so we browsed. The tagged book is actually for my mom (I‘m going to read it first), The Secret Life of Squirrels is for the nephew since he already had the book we got him for Christmas. Plus buy one get one 50% on puzzles.

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JessClark78
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Pickpick

I actually finished this before Christmas and forgot to post about it. This is such a delightful little book. The collection of stories are both heartwarming and funny. I highly recommend reading this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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FlowerFairy
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So glad I stumbled upon this wonderful community! #Litsy has become my happy place. Proud to call myself a #Litten. Let‘s get to know one another a little better, fellow #Littens. #JoinIn
1. Lemon
2. Both!
3. Didn‘t keep track
4. Neither. National Lampoon‘s Christmas Vacation
5. Books, sock yarn and art supplies

BookBabe #4: me too! 🙌🏻 2y
kidamy Lemon lovers represent! 👍👍🤘 2y
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Tamarity
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Pickpick

Merry Christmas everyone

AmandaL Merry Christmas 🎄 2y
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 2y
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freyaheart
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Got this from my secret santa at work! Also got a blanket, socks and an Amazon gift card! Hope this book isn't fragile. ☃

Felso “Must be Italian” 2y
freyaheart @Felso 😂😂😂😂 2y
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PenguinInFlight
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Reading A Christmas Story and enjoying (contrary to what my glass indicates 😂) a whiskey sour on this Christmas Eve. Happy holidays, Littens! ❤️🎄🎅🏻

JessClark78 Happy Holidays! 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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I said it. The queen mother of all dirty words 🤣

Kaylamburson I bought my parents that fudge when I went to the museum! Did you just go? 2y
JoeStalksBeck @kaylamburson I wish lol I found it at the store (edited) 2y
DiruVamp Haha that is awesome 2y
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JoeStalksBeck @DiruVamp 😃😃😃 2y
Lmstraubie I don't think it can officially be Christmas unless you watch this 😅 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Lmstraubie I totally agree! 2y
Leftcoastzen 👍😂🎄❤️ 2y
melissajayne You‘ll shoot your eye out. 2y
Readerann ❤️❤️ 2y
Amandajoy I‘m watching this now! 😊 2y
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Booksnchill
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2 holiday favorites tonight- A Christmas Story ( and my “ You‘ll shoot your eye out” ornament) and Home Alone and my “ Merry Christmas ya filthy animal” ornament- and a 6x6 painting of Hersey Kisses just for fun!

BookHermit Those ornaments are perfection 2y
Booksnchill @BookHermit I just found them this year and had to have them! Thanks! 2y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Can‘t wait to watch this tomorrow night. One of my favorites!

Smangela You can tour the house it was filmed at in Cleveland, OH! My family just went last Sunday :) 2y
The.Intentional.Reader Smangela, that is now one of my life goals! 🤩 2y
CarolynM One of my favourites too (edited) 2y
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Kaylamburson
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Today was my last day visiting my boyfriend's family in Ohio, and we got to visit the A Christmas Story house and museum! I'm so excited to rewatch the movie (for probably the 50th time) now that I have all this new insider information!!

emilyhaldi Where in Ohio?? I need to hit this up! 2y
Cupofjo That‘s a cool place! 2y
Cupofjo @emilyhaldi Cleveland 2y
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Kaylamburson It was so cool!! And yes, in Cleveland! It's on a tiny side street, so you would never see it unless you're looking for it. @emilyhaldi @Cupofjo 2y
mrp27 Fun! 2y
shendrix413 We went last summer! So much fun!! My sister in law and I took a picture with the lamp 🤣 2y
Cupofjo @Kaylamburson used to live near Akron/Canton... we went a few years back! 2y
Kaylamburson Fun, @shendrix413!! We also got a picture with the lamp and I got one under the cabinet in the kitchen 🤣 2y
Bklover Fun! 2y
Kaylamburson Oh so cool!! @Cupofjo 2y
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peaknit
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That moment...”You‘ll shoot your eye out”...😂🎄 #achristmasstory

BethM Never seen it... 2y
TheKidUpstairs In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan. (I LOVE that movie) @BethM you should totally watch it! 2y
TheLibrarian My dad hates this movie but I make him watch it every Christmas!!! 2y
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vivastory The other day when I was at the post office, a customer said, "Yes, my package is fragile" pronounced frageley It made my day. 2y
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory that is amazing. I always think of that scene whenever a box is labeled fra-gee-ley (must be Italian!) 2y
peaknit @BethM I've only really gotten a kick out of it as I've gotten older, the kid says the funniest sh*t. 2y
BethM @TheKidUpstairs @peaknit I'll have to record it. That and Xmas vacation- I've never seen that either. 2y
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Jakaranda
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It‘s that time of year again. Have to do it no matter how many times I fall asleep through the movie. It‘s a classic! Plus, I need the stress relief during these crazy holiday times. Yes, that‘s a doll given to me by a friend who knows how much I love the movie. Thanks Carol!

LeahBergen 😂😂 That doll! 2y
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AmandaL
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Love this #ChristmasMovie. It's the narration - it always cracks me up. #DeckTheShelves @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

BookMaven407 It's one of my favorites. 🎄 (edited) 2y
AmandaL @BookMaven407 They are making a new version, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. 2y
BookMaven407 I agree. It may be hard to recreate that magic. 2y
rabbitprincess @AmandaL Ugh not more remakes! 😒 2y
AmandaL @rabbitprincess Yep! When I was searching for an image, a bunch of shots with the new cast came up. 2y
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Aloisi_tribe
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Obviously the best #christmasmovie is A Christmas Story. My family watches this and Home Alone every Christmas day after opening presents.

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brookerhi
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December 6: #favoriteholidaymovies - So, Christmas Story isn‘t my favorite, but it‘s a good one. My fave, probably purely for nostalgia reasons, is The Santa Clause because it was a tradition for me & my brother to watch it every Christmas Eve. That was back when movies were on VHS, so I don‘t have a DVD to take a picture of, so Christmas Story it is ... 😂 #allthebooksdec #seasonsreadings2017

That-Bookish-Hiker My husband loves this movie and makes us watch when they air it on tv for 24 hours straight. I think TBS is the channel that does the 24 hrs of A Christmas Story. 2y
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