Team Tess and Oreo is official!
But the REAL news, the mega, awesome, incredible news is that I made a pilgrimage to my Holy Land. My Mecca. One of the top things on my bucket list (hey, don't judge me).
I went to see, in person, the place where THE BEST, HANDS DOWN, Christmas movie was made. I went to the....dun dun dunnnn...
A Christmas Story House!!
Squeeeeee! *jumps up and down while screaming like a lunatic*
You guys, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Complete with, wait for it, a GIFT SHOP!
After I spent an undisclosed amount of money at the gift shop, and had paid homage at the A Christmas Story museum, I bought my ticket, gripped it tightly in my shaking with excitement hands, and stepped up on to hallow ground as I made my way up the front steps to wait in line for the next tour. My heart was racing. I felt feverish with Christmas glee.
I was about to enter Ralphie's house. It was then that I heard it. Almost as if God himself wanted me to have the full A Christmas Story experience. The sounds of dogs barking.
BUMPESSES!! I shook my fist in the air and cried out.
I. was. in. Heaven.
Then, the door swung open and we were welcomed inside. There are no words that can possibly do justice to my emotions so I am going to let my photos tell the rest of the story. Suffice it to say, I have been on a natural high all afternoon, The high that only those of us special enough to understand the full glory of that wondrous movie, A Christmas Story, will ever get to experience. And it was awesome.
And no, I didn't shoot my eye out.
|Ralphie and Randy's bedroom|
|Look magazine like the one Ralphie plants the Red Ryder Ad in.|
|He learned it from YOUR SON!|
|It's an Official Red Ryder BB gun with carbine action and a compass in the stock!|
|It's a blue ball!|
|The Old Mans' chair|
|Oh yes I did re-enact the famous, "show mommy how the piggies eat" scene!|
|It's a MAJOR AWARD!|
|It's GLORIOUS! It reminds me of the fourth of July!|
|Tree complete with bent over star topper|
|Frageelay, must be italian!|
|The alleyway where Ralphie dreams of shooting the bad guys with his trusty Red Ryder|
|The back yard where he almost shot his eye out|