'A Christmas Story': 15 Holly Jolly Facts About The Beloved Holiday Classic

How many times have you seen A Christmas Story? It’s such an ingrained holiday tradition, you’d think the Magi brought a VHS copy to Jesus in the manger, along with a reel of It’s a Wonderful Life and a bunch of caroling children. Not so -- A Christmas Story doesn’t just go completely unmentioned in the Bible, but no one even paid a lot of attention to it for years after its release (just like Jesus). And yet, it eventually came to be the definitive Christmas movie -- the work of wisdom that taught us that dangerous toys and dysfunctional families are the true reason for the season.


It took Bob Clark 12 years to get the movie made. A period movie about a kid wanting a BB gun for Christmas? Hard pass, studios kept saying. MGM relucSources: BuzzFeed, mySA.com


A Christmas Story was out of theaters before Christmas. The movie opened the week before Thanksgiving - and by December 16th it was shown the way out,Sources: Variety, TV Overmind


Peter Billingsley was the first to audition for Ralphie. Director Bob Clark thought it'd be too obvious to give the part to him, as he was a well knSource: Vanity Fair


Ted Turner made it into a holiday classic. In 1986, Turner bought MGM's entire film library, which included A Christmas Story. TNT started running theSource: Vanity Fair


Ralphie’s actor helped launch the MCU
Peter Billingsley is close with Jon Favreau, and served as a producer in Iron Man (in addition to playing a bit Source: Vulture


The bullies were originally reversed. Zack Yano Ward Anaya After a long selection process, Yano Anaya was cast as Scut Farkus, while Zack Ward was to More: My Bizarre Life After Playing The Bully In A Christmas Story


The kid had to chew actual tobacco. Actors playing cowboys chew on black licorice, even if they're adults. Not this boy, though -- he was given a wad Source: YouTube


There was a straight-to-DVD sequel in 2012. A Christmas Story 2 features Daniel Stern as the dad of a horny, car-obsessed teenage Ralphie- -because thSources: SlashFilm, The Worst Christmas Movie Ever (Viewed 12 Times in a Row)


You can stay at Ralphie's house. The Cleveland house that played the Parkers' home has been fully restored, and you can book tours and overnight staysSource: A Christmas Story House and Museum


It wasn't Ralphie's last Christmas movie. 20 years after playing Ralphie Parker, Peter Billingsley was an elf in, well, Elf. He also shows up in Four Source: Bustle


A deleted scene features Flash Gordon. More scenes from Ralphie's imagination were shot than actually used including one where he uses his BB gun to rSource: CBR


The child actor did say... well, that word. Oh, they had me say 'f*ck,' peter Billingsley has revealed. On all the takes. The family-friendly fudgSource: BuzzFeed


A musical version exists. Do you want to see Ralphie singing on stage about how much he wants a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas? You can! The BroadwSource: A Christmas Story on Tour


A statue memorializes Flick licking a pole. A bronze statue of the triple dog dare was unveiled in Hammond, Indiana (the real-life Homan) in 2013, oSource: Chicago Tribune


The narrator is the real-life Ralphie. A Christmas Story is based on comedian Jean Shepherd's fictionalized accounts of his childhood. Shepherd workedSource: Pop Culture