One year ago, when my blog was just starting out, I posted an article on my Top Ten Christmas Movies. And while I’d mentioned at the time that my top three picks were pretty much interchangeable, I’m officially changing my stance to a ‘3-way tie for first’.
This year, A Christmas Story has taken front and centre in our household.
From the decorations on our porch, to my sudden desire to explore a little movie trivia, I’ve been consumed by all things leg lamps and Red Ryder BB guns. I’ve always known that the bulk of A Christmas Story was filmed in Toronto Canada, and a key piece, shot in a smaller, less known Canadian city that just happens to be close to where I live. Remember that memorable scene in the school yard?
What I didn’t realize was how close I reside from the exact location where that marvelous frozen moment was filmed, 33 years ago. Armed with my Nikon and the movie soundtrack playing on my car stereo, I set off for the 19 minute drive to Victoria School, in St. Catharines, Ontario.
I wasn’t disappointed.
No longer a school, the building now serves as a shelter. But the old charm is still there.
Despite modern townhouses in the background and 2016 vehicles interfering with my camera angles, I was transported to days gone by, if only for a moment.
While the Old Man’s house and street scenes were filmed in Cleveland Ohio, the neighbourhood directly adjacent to the old school looks remarkably appropriate, even in 2016.
And so ended my brief pilgrimage, my impromptu adventure, my ode to Christmas past.
Up next on the holiday watch list,
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
But you already knew that.