The classic holiday tale of a boy and his BB gun is officially three decades old today: A Christmas Story just hit its 30th Anniversary. This news will undoubtedly lead to fans watch the film 30 times in a row (instead of the usual 25 in the days leading up to Christmas), a spike in the purchases of leg lamps as Christmas decorations, and perhaps one or two very dangerous triple dog dares in the icier parts of the world.
Of course, there's always the convention in Cleveland, Ohio for the truly die-hards. The line-up includes cast meet-and-greets, Mrs. Parkers Little Piggie Luncheon, a character look-a-like contest, two different stage adaptations of A Christmas Story, and after party drink specials like the "Oh Fudge!" martini. (How much do we want to bet the "major award" for the costume contest is a leg lamp?) The convention isn't just a 30th anniversary invention, but it certainly makes the occasion just a little extra special.
Still, it's quite a trek, and on a when we're supposed to be obsessing over shopping deals and Thanksgiving leftovers, too. But for those just learning of this momentous occasion, traveling to Cleveland just might not be an option, so here's how you can have a little Ralphie-inspired (last-minute) celebration of your own.
REALIZE THAT YOU WON'T MAKE IT TO CLEVELAND
COME TO TERMS WITH ABJECT DISAPPOINTMENT
GET WARM AND COZY
OR MAYBE PINK AND FUZZY
KEEP YOURSELF BUSY WITH FUN ACTIVITIES
AND TRY NOT TO PANIC
YOU CAN WATCH A CHRISTMAS STORY OVER AND OVER ON DVD
(And you won't even have to risk potentially shooting your eye out. )