Quirky Ohio: A "Frah-GEE-lay" Cleveland Christmas
Welcome to #QuirkyOhio, our 2017 blog series highlighting Ohio’s odd, unusual and downright wacky experiences, places and events. Follow along as we wind down the year by profiling some of the quirkiest parts of the state!If the odd pronunciation of the word "fragile" made you smile ear to ear, then you are likely a fan of the holiday cult movie favorite, A Christmas Story. If you are like me, your mind is flooded with the images of tongues stuck to frozen flagpoles, an over-winterized brother, a Red Ryder B.B. gun and, of course, Dad's misunderstood foreign pronunciation of the "fragile" box containing his Major Award.Photo Source: achristmasstoryhouse.comThis quirky movie runs non-stop during the holidays and is a family favorite. But, did you know this movie was filmed in Cleveland? Many of the scenes were shot in Public Square. Plus, the real house from the movie still stands at 3159 W. 11th Street. Photo Source: achristmasstoryhouse.comRestored to its movie state, the Christmas Story house is open year-round for tours — and you can even book overnight stays. There is also an adjacent museum featuring original props, photos and costumes including toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car. Photo Source: achristmasstoryhouse.comThe house would not be complete without the Major Award Leg Lamp which glows nightly, year-round, in the front window. The lamp is also available for purchase for your own home!What's your favorite scene from this classic movie? If you are not sure, you can decide during the 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon on TBS starting Christmas Eve.