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Here's Why We Love 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation celebrates its 30th year! 
December 24, 2020 - 19:14 / Cynthia Springer

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of the most iconic Christmas films to date... and it was released back in 1989. Thirty years later, we're looking back at why it's so memorable for audiences and some fun facts on the production of the film!

If you remember classic films like The Breakfast Club or Home Alone, then you most likely remember the holiday movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, considering they were all written by the legendary John Hughes. But, the National Lampoon series had a different type of style - it had a raunchy sense of humor with farcical family events taking place.

Why We Love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 

The cast starring in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation includes comedian Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and their on-screen kids, Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki. The storyline was actually developed by writer John Hughes titled "Christmas '59", which he wrote for National Lampoon magazine. Hughes was at the height of his career and convinced Warner Bros. to make this film. 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation celebrates its 30th anniversary 

While the setting of this film takes place during the winter in Chicago, the initial production for filming started in Colorado, but eventually moved to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Ironically, they filmed the movie during spring and summer. 

Chevy Chase: The National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation star today

Some may not realize, but Christmas Vacation is actually part of an entire film series of the National Lampoon movies. Prior to Christmas Vacation, there was National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985). There were additionally two films made later: Vegas Vacation (1997) and Vacation (2015). This family sure loves vacationing! Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo star as husband and wife in each of these films. 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: We love this scene!

One of the most memorable scenes from Christmas Vacation is "Clark Griswold" turning on the spectacular lights for his house...all 25,000 of them. This temporarily causes a power outage in their neighborhood, as well as some good ole fashion bickering from the neighbors. But let's be real, who doesn't enjoy a well-lit house for the holidays? 

Chevy Chase stars in the 1989 film, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

All in all, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation proves to show that not all families are normal, especially during the chaotic holiday season. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo deliver comedic disorder in this film, so if you haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!