Normally I'm not a fan
of folks who start doing the Christmas thing before I have even
bought the Thanksgiving turkey, but I'll make an exception for "A
Christmas Story," the display already open at the Lake County Indiana Welcome Center in
I love the sweet Christmas movie about 9-year-old Ralphie and
his single-minded quest for a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun despite the
adult reaction, "you'll shoot your eye out." I just may have to
drag out the CD tonight and make the family watch it for the first
of what will no dobut be a half-dozen seasonal viewings. It will
get them in the mood for piling in the car and heading down to
Interstate 80/94 and Kennedy Avenue south for a return visit to the
Welcome Center exhibit that we saw last year and loved.
The six animated displays were first seen in the Macy's windows
in New York City in 2003, but had been in storage until the
visitors bureau people bought them. The story was written by
Hammond native Jean Shepherd.
exhibit is free and will be open through Jan. 10, 2010. The six
scenes include; Higbee's Department Store Window, It's a Major
Award, Santa's Mountain at Higbee's, The Bumpus Hounds, the Parker
Living Room and my personal fave, Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog
But there's more than just exhibits to see. You can climb up to
see Santa (and get a photo for $5), then slide down the red slide
into a pillow of "snow," enter the "Mommy's Little Piggy" Eating
Contest, the Write a Theme Contest - What I Want for Christmas, as
well as the "Oh Fuuudge!" Tire Changing Relay. Find out more at www.aChristmasStoryComesHome.com.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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