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Peter Billingsly plays Ralphie in the classic comedy movie, "A Christmas Story."
30 ways ‘A Christmas Story’ became our Christmas story

First Published Dec 18 2013 01:44 pm • Last Updated Dec 23 2013 08:30 am

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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