Nightly News | December 21, 2013
>>> before we go tonight, many of us have a cherished childhood memory of receiving that one christmas gift you absolutely yearn for and spent countless hours dreaming of, and that's probably why a little film about a little boy and the air rifle he had to have has endured and become a christmas classic. tonight kevin tittles takes us to the home where "a christmas story " comes to life every day.
>> reporter: this time of year they line up down the street to visit this sweet old house in cleveland, ohio.
>> i've been bugging him to go for weeks.
>> reporter: and i double dog dare you to get through the holidays without seeing it at least once on the tv.
>> the star is crooked.
>> that star is perfectly straight.
>> reporter: "a christmas story " was filmed here and released 30 years ago.
>> it cannot be christmas without "a christmas story ."
>> reporter: how many times have you seen the film?
>> probably 50.
>> reporter: set in homan where tongues freeze to poles, snow men are giant marshmallos.
>> i can't feel my arms.
>> and bullies lurk in alley ways.
>> reporter: where a lamp is shaped like a leg.
>> fabulous glory.
>> reporter: where everybody will hear ralphy parker is constantly warned --
>> you'll shoot your eye out, kid.
>> it captures the essence of what christmas is. the family chaos, the food, the presents.
>> i was ral if i.
>> reporter: you were ralphy.
>> brian jones loved it so much he bought the house and turned it into a museum.
>> i think everybody can relate. it's christmas from a kid's perspective.
>> reporter: to mark the 30th anniversary , a giant leg lamp glows high in the cleveland sky, and the christmas story convention brings them out in all shapes and sizes. it's also brought a couple of grownup actors.
>> we have 5-year-olds and 10-year-olds who all identify with the movie.
>> ian played little brother randy in the snow suit.
>> you had this scarf wrapped around you. you felt like an astronaut.
>> for everyone else it's a christmas classic that keeps on giving.
>> every year on christmas eve we watch it.
>> ho ho ho .
>> reporter: times may change but a kid's wonderment is forever.