As an American Jew, I am well acquainted with the classic holiday film A Christmas Story, which plays all day long, on repeat, on Christmas Day. Let's just say I've seen it more than a few times.
Did you know that A Christmas Story was filmed right here in Cleveland? Even cooler, it was filmed in my neighborhood! When you drive into Tremont, there's a sign pointing you toward various parts of town - including the Christmas Story House, now a museum that offers tours, an annual 5k, & a gift shop full of "Major Award" leg lamps.
Despite the fact that the Christmas Story House is a mere .8 miles away from my own home, I am ashamed to say that I've not yet been. I meant to go this holiday season, I did! But as so often happens, life got away from me & I never made it over there.
Luckily, Cleveland's Christmas Story pride is strong, & the city - especially my neighborhood - is chock full of leg lamps come Christmastime. They're everywhere, you guys. Everywhere. They're in the windows of homes & bars & office buildings. They come in the form of nightlights & keychains & coffee mugs. They're on T-shirts & on bags (I want all of these) & even tattooed upon flesh.
I, unsurprisingly, find this endlessly quirky & charming, & once I started to realize how many of them are on display across town, I started documenting them to share with the world. Here, I've gathered for you photos of every leg lamp I could photograph, though there are many, many more that I was unable to capture. There's a house near the highway that has three of them in the front windows - & these things sell for $170 a pop!
Merry Christmas, Cleveland. Don't stick your tongue to frozen flagpoles (though it wouldn't matter, in this weather) & please, please: Don't shoot your eye out.
|This purdy leg lamp sits atop the bar at Ty Fun restaurant in Tremont.|
|This one's all lit up at Deagan's Kitchen in Lakewood.|
|Git yerself a tiny version of the Major Award at Banyan Tree in Tremont!|
|They're keeping the (leg) light on for you at The Treehouse in Tremont.|
|Leg lamps aren't just for bars! This one lights up a neighbor's window.|
|This leg lamp, in the window of a Tremont real estate business, can be seen only in daylight.|
|This one passed us on a float in the Light Up Lakewood parade earlier this month.|
|No room for a lamp? You can still show your love with a bottle opener.|
|My friend Lindsey sent me this pic of a glass leg lamp candle holder. Fancy!|
|These tiny leg lamp replicas line the bar inside Deagan's.|
|Banyan Tree sells tiny versions but keeps the big one on full display for Christmas ambiance.|
|A Great Lake sign & a leg lamp: What could be more Cleveland than these scene at Press Wine Bar?|
|This one's on display in the window of an old church converted into an office building in Tremont.|
|This one's in the window of the fanciest loft apartment in Tremont, of which I'm forever jealous.|
|Waiting for a cab outside my favorite coffee shop, Tremont's Civilization, & its leg lamp|
(PS: This is just a Cleveland thing, right? Your city isn't full of leg lamps come Christmas...? OK, that's what I thought. Just checking.)