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 A Christmas Story House

When I was in elementary school in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburbs, I remember the news stations and papers putting out a call for classic cars to be used in an upcoming movie being filmed in our area. That movie, "A Christmas Story," went on to become the quintessential Christmas movie. Who can't relate to a child's longing for a present, even if the present will shoot your eye out? When we go back to Cleveland to visit the family over the holidays, we always head over to the house where the movie was filmed, remembering Ralphie and Randy traipsing through the snow, trying to elude the evil Scut Farkus. — Kerry Pinto

Our favorite family holiday movie is "A Christmas Story", because it always carries a little piece of home for us. Watching the scenes of winter in Cleveland brings back memories of sledding, snowball fights, and frigid fun. It's awesome to see how the city has transformed and grown, but has preserved a piece of history, showcasing the Higbee Building downtown and restoring the home where the movie was filmed. The endless laughs and repeatable quotes top off our love for the movie. — Amanda Scarcella

P.S. And Kerry told me it has to be my favorite movie because I am from Cleveland. Ha ha! We really do love "A Christmas Story" though!

 

"Home Alone." It's a classic. I love the big house all lit up for Christmas. I love the music throughout the movie. And, I love the ending. For me, it's just part of the Christmas season. — Jennifer Rice

My favorite family-friendly film is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I remember watching it with my family as a kid. My mom's name is Cindy, so they always told us that she was the voice of Cindy Lou Who. I love the bright colors, the music, and of course the message of a reformed Grinch. — Andrea Katolin

Our favorite holiday movie is "Elf." Our whole family thinks this movie is just hilarious. We also love how Buddy softens his dad's heart and brings the joy of Christmas to all who are around him. — Jessica Beirne

My favorite grown up holiday movie is "Love Actually." I love the cast, the music and the way the story comes together. My favorite scene is the one where the guy professes his love with signs at the front door. Great feel good movie! — April Payne

My absolute favorite holiday movie is "Christmas Vacation." I like to put this on while wrapping presents after black Friday shopping on about four hours of sleep. This family absolutely cracks me up, but especially Cousin Eddie and his sweet family, and Aunt Bethany when she says the Pledge of Allegiance for the blessing. I can't seem to kick off my holiday season without this classic! — Jenni Baltzelle

My favorite movie is "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." I know it's not your traditional holiday movie, but I love it! I've been watching it for as long as I remember. I DVR it and watch it over and over. Clark Griswald reminds me of myself. He goes over the top trying to decorate and celebrate Christmas, and that's what I do. — Sonya Moore

I have a couple of favorites. First, "A Christmas Story." Even though it takes place in a previous generation, I really relate to it and feel like most people can. Who hasn't run to the mailbox for their "Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring" or been so bundled up that they couldn't put their arms down? It's the most relatable Christmas movie I've seen and it's hysterical.
My other favorite is "Elf". Again, it's funny, but in a more absurd kind of way. I completely love Buddy and his innocence/naivety. The storyline about bringing the Christmas spirit back to a family that had become jaded might be a little hokey, but I love it. It's sweet (like syrup). —Betsy Sonnier

Our family loves movies. When it gets chilly outside and the holidays are approaching, we brew hot cocoa, snuggle under blankets and squish all four of us onto the couch and watch "A Christmas Story." We all love the wholesome story, we laugh at every bit of humor, and Aaron imagines buying a "Leg Lamp" for the front window every year. We can't wait to watch it again this year! — The Lloyd Family

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