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27 Facts About ‘Christmas Vacation’ That You Had No Idea About

When you think of your favorite Christmas movies, which ones come to mind? Maybe It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone, The Christmas Story? The one that always comes to mind and that I must watch every year is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is one of the best Christmas movies ever made! Even though you may have watched this movie a thousand times, here are 27 Christmas Vacation facts that you may not have known.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

1. Christmas Vacation has ties to It’s A Wonderful Life. Not only is it showing on the TV during the movie, but Frank Capras’ grandson was the assistant director.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

2. For a comedy, Christmas Vacation had a large budget. The budget was set at $27,000,000 even though there weren’t that many special effects. For example, Ghostbusters had a budget of $30,000,000. Luckily Christmas Vacation made back their budget plus some, grossing close to $72,000,000.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

3. Audrey is the only person from the first Christmas Vacation who appeared in Christmas Vacation 2.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

4. Cousin Eddie is based on a real person. Actor Randy Quaid used characteristics from a guy he knew in Texas when acting out this infamous character.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

5. You may not have caught this, but towards the end of the movie when Ellen Griswold is apologizing to Mrs. Shirley (the wife of Clark’s boss), she assures her that it’s the family’s first kidnapping. While this may be true in this movie, but in the first Vacation movie, the Griswolds actually kidnap Lasky, the security guard at Wally World.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

6. Stanley Kubrick who directed movies such as The Shining and Clockwork Orange, took note of Jeremiah Checkik. Checkik was a photographer at Vogue, but when Kubrick mentioned Checkik’s name, the scripts started coming in. The one that caught Checkik’s attention most was Christmas Vacation.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

7. The funny thing about this was the fact that Jeremiah Checkik had never seen a Vacation movie before directing Christmas Vacation.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

8. Eddie’s son, Rocky, doesn’t say a single word in this entire movie.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

9. Did Clark’s childhood home look familiar? If so, that’s because it’s the same house that’s used in Bewitched.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

10. Christmas Vacation is based on a short story called, Christmas ’59. It was written by John Hughes in December of 1980 for National Lampoon.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

11. John Hughes isn’t all that big on sequels. He’s credited as the writer on European Vacation but only because he created the characters. He didn’t know about Vegas Vacation until he read about it.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

12. Cousin Eddie is one of Randy Quaid’s best known characters.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

13. Christmas Vacation is the only sequel in the franchise to have its own sequel. Feel like you missed out on something? You didn’t. It was made for TV and has a 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

14. Want Cousin Eddie’s dickie? Don’t worry, you can get one here.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

15. Aunt Bethany is the voice of Betty Boop.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

16. Uncle Louis & Aunt Bethany’s entrance made the ground shake… literally! Right as they were filming that scene, there was a small earthquake.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

17. Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Juliette Lewis reunited in an Old Navy commercial in 2012.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

18. Chevy Chase once gave Johnny Galecki the People’s Choice Award. Other than that, they haven’t kept in touch.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

19. Roger Ebert was not a fan of the film. He gave it two stars and said, “Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff, and then it somehow doesn’t work.”

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

20. Oftentimes Rusty was portrayed to be older than Audrey, but that wasn’t the case in Christmas Vacation. She is much older than Rusty.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

21. There were only 2 Christmas movies released in 1989. One was Christmas Vacation, and the other was, Prancer.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

22. As if you couldn’t tell from this picture, Randy Quaid is Gene Autry’s third cousin. This may seem random, but when the song “Here Comes Santa Claus” plays when the police are raiding the Griswold home, it’s Gene Autry’s version.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

23. The movie was popular in the UK, but it never made it to theaters. It went straight to VHS.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

24. Chevy Chase would love to see another Vacation movie happen. In 2011, there were talks of there being another movie that was based on the grandchildren.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

25. The studio is definitely winning the sequel battle when it comes to the Vacation movies. They are already in the works with a tentative release date of 2015.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

26. Christmas Vacation is the only movie in this series that doesn’t play Lindsey Buckingham’s song, “Holiday Road.” Instead, they play the song “Christmas Vacation” which was written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil.

27 Facts About 'Christmas Vacation' That You Had No Idea About

27. The cast of Christmas Vacation was downright amazing! Not only did it feature Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki who went on to make names of their own, it had Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

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I had no idea about pretty much any of these Christmas Vacation facts. I can’t wait to go home, snuggle up by the fire, and watch my favorite Christmas movie, Christmas Vacation.

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