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30 ways 'A Christmas Story' became our Christmas story

Published December 19, 2013 3:53 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The latter-day success of "A Christmas Story" is tied to its nostalgia for mid-20th-century Americana. To commemorate the film's 30th anniversary, we scoured today's nostalgia tool-of-choice, Instagram, to highlight how fans continue to interact with the classic each holiday season.

30 ways 'A Christmas Story' became our Christmas story

When "A Christmas Story" hit theaters in 1983, it looked more like a lump of coal than a present. The film cost an estimated $4 million to produce and grossed just $2 million at the box office — a total flop. As the years crept by, this grainy throwback comedy slowly came into cultural focus and developed a loyal following. In 1997, TNT began broadcasting its "24 hours of 'A Christmas Story'" marathon, now a holiday tradition of its ...

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