A Christmas Story at 25: Stealth Classic
Industry born on collectors items, museum, and conference
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 7:42 PM CST

(Newser) – After 25 years, devotees of A Christmas Story and its wacky realism still tune in to regular holiday showings, including an annual 24-hour marathon on Christmas Day. Just as Star Trek has Trekkies, A Christmas Story has Ralphies, named after Ralphie Parker, a 9-year-old desperate for a BB gun. CNN grabs some popcorn and checks out the phenomenon.

"It's a film where almost every actor seems like they're born to the role," said one Ralphie, aka Brian Jones, who bought the Christmas Story house on eBay in 2005 and turned it into a museum. He also sells leg lamps—replicas of the "major award" featured in the movie.