I've been pretty much out of commission for the past month because of my asthma, an upper respiratory infection and dental surgery. Yea...what a way to spend the holidays, right?! I've been frantically shopping online and receiving multiple packages on a daily basis. The tree (artificial this year because of my illness) is up, the decorations out and I was really getting cabin fever from being inside for so long. That's when Hubby decided that we would take a spur of the moment trip...I mean like the night before we booked it...to Cleveland.
We were originally planning to attend the Christmas Festival in Natchitoches that weekend when the weather forecast called for about 6 inches of rain. Well, with me still recovering from sickness and a couple of the Grands with runny noses, there was no way we were going to get out in that mess. It was also Caitlin's birthday weekend and I hadn't spent a birthday with her for four years. So, we packed a bag, hopped a plane and were in Cleveland the day before her birthday!
It was cold there, I'm not gonna lie. And I still really don't like Cleveland in the winter. But for my baby girl's birthday it was well worth it. And while we were there she asked me if I knew The Christmas Story House was located there. WHAT?! Are you kidding me? How did I not know that? That is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies! Right then and there I decided that we HAD to go before heading home.
And that wasn't all! Directly across the street is the museum which houses original costumes, the school blackboard, and many many other items that were found over the years to display here. The gentleman who conducted our tour was wonderful, telling us all sorts of things that happened during production of the movie and things to look for the next time we watched it. And yes...I have already watched it this year and with new eyes!
There is also a really cute gift shop next to the museum where individuals can purchase everything from "Oh Fudge" fudge, the fuzzy pink bunny pajamas that Ralphie got for Christmas, the Red Ryder BB Gun and, of course, The Leg Lamp! If you are ever in the Cleveland area stopping here is a MUST! And it is opened year round so it doesn't matter when you are in the area. AND...if you haven't ever seen the movie (Are there actually people out there who haven't?!), then that is a MUST also! And now is the perfect time because it is currently being aired during the holiday season.
Click HERE to see the web site with all of the information about The Christmas
Story House in Cleveland, Ohio.
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