The Christmases We Used to Know, a book published by Reiman Publications in 1996, is a collection of memories of Christmases past that were submitted by readers of "Reminisce" magazine. Two of the articles bring back thoughts of "A Christmas Story."
"About a week before Christmas in the late '40s and '50s, my mom and I dressed in our finest clothes, climbed onto a streetcar and made our annual trip to downtown Cleveland. Downtown was glorious and safe in those days. Public square and all the stores were decked out with lights and beautiful decorations. Higbee's Department Store on the square was known for its lavish and extravagant decorations...."
Another article about a high school choral group singing Christmas carols on a city bus in Hammond in the 1930s included this: "Crowded as those buses were, chivalry wasn't dead. Many a tired steel worker would stand gallantly in the aisle relinquishing his seat to some lady who had just spent the day galloping through Goldblatt's Department Store."
I just went to Judy Bogan's [Salomon] one woman art show in Akron. She lives in Cuyahoga Falls. She is being featured all this month. Any way, this old geezer asked how I knew Judy and it led me into saying that we came from Hessville where the movie is really all about. Oh he said you are from Cleveland.
Well that's where the house is.
NO that's where they used for the movie that was on Cleveland Street in Hessville.
But they had the Higbie Parade.
No that was the Minas Parade. I have my dad's movies and it was in Hammond Indiana.