What started out as a short story has grown into a pop culture sensation.
Author Jean Shepherd’s In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash is published in October and includes the stories upon which the film A Christmas Story is later based.
Production of A Christmas Story starts in January and wraps in March. The film debuts in U.S. theaters just prior to Thanksgiving and grosses more than $2 million on its opening weekend. By comparison, The Return of the Jedi, the year’s top-grossing film raked in more than $23 million.
TNT airs its first 24-hour marathon of the holiday favorite starting at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Higbee’s, where the infamous Santa Claus scene was filmed, is replaced by Dillard’s following its sale to the national department store chain.
Jean Shepherd, author and narrator of A Christmas Story, dies in October in Sanibel Island, Fla.
The West 11th Street house that served as Ralphie’s fictional home is sold for $150,000.
Actor Darren McGavin, who played Ralphie’s dad, dies in February at age 83 in LA.
A Christmas Story House and Museum opens for public tours in November after being restored to its original 1983 condition.
A Christmas Story, the Musical appears for the first time live onstage in Kansas City, Mo.
A Christmas Story 2 is released on DVD, while the musical debuts on Broadway in November.
A Christmas Story House and Museum hosts “Christmas in July,” along with other events, to mark the 30th anniversary of the film’s debut.