ABOUT US

The Magic Continues: A Christmas Story Family’s Journey

Love. Passion. Community.
​Made for the fans by the cast!

From The Desk Of:
Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)

The Spark That Lit the Lamp

Imagine, if you will, a world where the soft glow of a leg lamp illuminates not just a window but the hearts of millions. This journey began at a pivotal moment—the 20th Anniversary of “A Christmas Story.” It was then that I realized the profound impact this tale had woven into the fabric of our lives.

The Unfolding of Our Story

Back in 2006, amidst the laughter and shared memories of over 3,000 fans in a single weekend, a realization dawned on me: this movie wasn’t just beloved; it was a part of us. Fast forward to 2019, and a revelation from my marketing coach (who nearly did a backflip upon discovering I was “Grover Dill”) highlighted a pressing need—a bridge to connect every fan to the magic of the movie, regardless of distance or expense.

Thus, A Christmas Story Family was born from a simple yet profound idea: to create a space where fans could gather, share, and keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year round.

Our Mission: Love. Passion. Community.

At the heart of A Christmas Story Family lies a mission as timeless as the movie itself. We see the classic not just as a film but as a legendary story that has touched millions. Our aim? To add real-life experiences with the cast, building a collection of memories and memorabilia that span the globe.

Our Identity and Why We Do It

Our identity is intertwined with the characters you’ve grown to love. We are the custodians of this legacy, fostering relationships and keeping the story alive for generations. Our purpose is simple yet profound: to celebrate Christmas and family, to remember and create moments that last a lifetime.

What We Offer

We’re more than a fan group; we’re a movement. With a free Facebook community, an exclusive VIP group, and engagement across TikTok, Instagram, and email, we bring the fans and cast members together in ways previously unimagined. Our online gift shop extends the experience, offering exclusive memorabilia to fans worldwide.

Who We Are

But who are we, really? We’re the keepers of the flame, the bullies turned buddies, the voices behind the characters you’ve grown to love. We’re here to ensure that the quest for the Red Ryder BB Gun, the triple-dog-dares, and the warmth of the Parker family’s Christmas continue to inspire and entertain.

​As technology evolves and the world changes, our commitment remains steadfast: to weave a tapestry of memories that, like a certain obscenity-laden tirade, will forever hang in the ether of your hearts.

Who We Are

But who are we, really? We’re the keepers of the flame, the bullies turned buddies, the voices behind the characters you’ve grown to love. We’re here to ensure that the quest for the Red Ryder BB Gun, the triple-dog-dares, and the warmth of the Parker family’s Christmas continue to inspire and entertain.

​As technology evolves and the world changes, our commitment remains steadfast: to weave a tapestry of memories that, like a certain obscenity-laden tirade, will forever hang in the ether of your hearts.

Our Philosophy and Personality

We embody the spirit of the characters you remember, from bullies turned buddies to the relentless pursuit of a Red Ryder BB Gun. Our commitment to building a legacy is unwavering, driven by a dedication to improve, listen, and act. We are the paradigm shifters, creating a community where every fan is family.

Join Us in This Celebration

As we stand today, our family has grown beyond expectations, marked by unforgettable events and milestones, including our own holidays in Cleveland, Ohio, and Hammond, Indiana—the heartlands of our story. Our dedication to bringing fans and cast members together has never been stronger, marked by recent accomplishments and an ever-deepening connection with our community.

Forget the long lines at comic cons or the barriers of distance. Here, every fan has a front-row seat to the magic of “A Christmas Story,” every day of the year. We invite you to join us, share with friends and family, and become part of a story that continues to unfold in wonderful, unexpected ways.

Welcome to A Christmas Story Family—where every day is Christmas, and every fan is family.

With love and laughter,

Yano Anaya (aka Grover Dill)
​and the entire cast of “A Christmas Story”

Our Philosophy and Personality

We embody the spirit of the characters you remember, from bullies turned buddies to the relentless pursuit of a Red Ryder BB Gun. Our commitment to building a legacy is unwavering, driven by a dedication to improve, listen, and act. We are the paradigm shifters, creating a community where every fan is family.

Join Us in This Celebration

As we stand today, our family has grown beyond expectations, marked by unforgettable events and milestones, including our own holidays in Cleveland, Ohio, and Hammond, Indiana—the heartlands of our story. Our dedication to bringing fans and cast members together has never been stronger, marked by recent accomplishments and an ever-deepening connection with our community.

Forget the long lines at comic cons or the barriers of distance. Here, every fan has a front-row seat to the magic of “A Christmas Story,” every day of the year. We invite you to join us, share with friends and family, and become part of a story that continues to unfold in wonderful, unexpected ways.

Welcome to A Christmas Story Family—where every day is Christmas, and every fan is family.

With love and laughter,

Yano Anaya (aka Grover Dill)
​and the entire cast of “A Christmas Story”

Milestones & The Road Ahead

A New Holiday Emerges: Celebrating with Cleveland, Ohio

In a heartwarming display of support and recognition, the city and state of Cleveland, Ohio, have embraced us with open arms, marking a significant milestone in our journey. On November 15th, 2022, an unforgettable moment unfolded live on TV during the "Cribbs In the CLE" show. Cleveland celebrated our enduring legacy by bestowing upon us a proclamation that declared November 18th as "A Christmas Story Family Day." This accolade isn't just a testament to the film's impact; it's a celebration of the community we've built together. This proclamation gave us our very own holiday, a day dedicated to the joy, warmth, and nostalgia that "A Christmas Story" brings to hearts worldwide, affirming our place in the cultural tapestry of not just Cleveland but the entire holiday season.

A Historic Reunion: Ralphie & The Gang Come Home

2024 marked a year of monumental achievement with the "Ralphie & The Gang Come Home" event, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of "A Christmas Story." This event wasn't just a reunion; it was a homecoming. For the first time in 40 years, we brought the entire cast back together, including Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) and the elusive Black Bart, to the very birthplace of this legendary tale—Hammond, Indiana. This reunion, in partnership with the City of Hammond, Mayor McDermott, The South Shore Convention and Visitors Center (Indiana Welcome Center), and the Hard Rock Casino, was a testament to the enduring love and legacy of the film.

​The event was a monumental success, drawing registrations from over 11,900 fans, with more than 6,000 attendees making their pilgrimage to celebrate with us. Verified by the SSCVA through an Impact Report, this gathering not only underscored the film's lasting appeal but also showcased the vibrant community that has flourished around it. Fans, old and new, came together in a celebration that bridged generations, rekindled old memories, and created new ones. It was a reminder of the film's unique ability to capture the essence of Christmas and the warmth of family, making "A Christmas Story" not just a movie but a shared cultural moment.

Our Legacy Continues

These milestones—the proclamation of "A Christmas Story Family Day" and the unprecedented reunion for the "Ralphie & The Gang Come Home" event—highlight the remarkable journey we've embarked on together. They reflect not only the love for a film that has become a holiday staple but also the strength of a community that extends far beyond the screen. As we move forward, these achievements inspire us to continue our mission, bringing fans closer to the magic of "A Christmas Story" and ensuring that this legacy endures for generations to come.

With each new celebration, event, and gathering, we are reminded of the impact that "A Christmas Story" has had on our lives and the lives of countless others. It's a story that has woven itself into the fabric of holiday traditions, bringing laughter, joy, and a sense of belonging to fans around the world. As we look to the future, we are filled with gratitude for the opportunities to share this story, to bring fans together, and to continue building a community that celebrates the spirit of Christmas all year round.

​Welcome to the family, where every day is a celebration of "A Christmas Story," and every fan is a cherished member of our ever-growing legacy.