30 ways ‘A Christmas Story’ became our Christmas story
Published: December 19, 2013 03:53PM
Updated: December 23, 2013 08:30AM
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Peter Billingsly plays Ralphie in the classic comedy movie, "A Christmas Story."

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.

<freeform> <script data-hide-title=”true” data-hide-byline=”true” data-hide-footnotes=”true” data-hide-embed=”true” type=”text/javascript” src=”http://cdn.spundge.com/embed/stories/11231/”></script><noscript><h1>30 ways 'A Christmas Story' became our Christmas story</h1><h2>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 ...</h2><a href=”http://cdn.spundge.com/stories/11231/embedded/” target=”_blank”>View <em>”30 ways 'A Christmas Story' became our Christmas story”</em> on Spundge</a></noscript></freeform>