While National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation may be one of the most quotable Christmas movies of all time, it also has some interesting details that are sure to get you in the mood for some eggnog. From Cousin Eddie to Aunt Bethany, Christmas Vacation with the Griswolds is a Christmas catastrophe worth a rewatch.
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And Cut... Nope Keep Rolling
After the scene where Chevy Chase fails to get the Christmas lights to work, he can be seen punching the Santa decoration in the front yard. Turns out, Chase actually broke his finger during the take that was used in the film.Eggnog, anyone?
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From Redditor u/sleepwalkchicago:
In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), the glasses Clark and Eddie are drinking eggnog out of are from Walley World, the destination of the first Vacation (1983) movie.Eggnog, anyone?
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Two Characters, Two Different Ways Of Handling Situations
From Redditor u/daKEEBLERelf
In It's a Wonderful Life*, Jimmy finally learns to appreciate his life. Earlier in the movie, he is upset by how his house is falling apart, as evidenced by the stair case knob coming off. At the end of the movie he pulls the knob off again, but is not angry.
In Christmas Vacation, a similar sequence happens, except Chevy snaps and tries to 'fix' it by taking a chainsaw to it.
*(It's a Wonderful Life is distributed by RKO Radio Pictures)Eggnog, anyone?
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Historical Accuracy For Aunt Bethany
From Redditor u/NOMO20:
In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, while Aunt Bethany is “saying grace” she skips the Under God line of the pledge while everyone else says it. Clark says this is Aunt Bethany’s 80th Christmas. The movie came out in ‘89 so She would have been born in 1909. The phrase “Under God” wasn’t added to the pledge until 1954, therefore she didn’t just forget a line, she’s saying it the way she learned it as a kid in the ‘20s and ‘30s.Eggnog, anyone?