For many, the best part of Christmas is watching the same beloved holiday movies over and over again. In turn, weâ€™re paying tribute to our favorites by breaking down everything that makes them annual must-watchesâ€”fromÂ our favorite characters and moments, to all the ways they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. In this Classic Christmas Movie Breakdown, weâ€™re looking at a less traditional holiday tale that explores all the ways the holidayâ€”and our familyâ€”can drive us nuts, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.Most classic Christmas movies celebrate the magic and wonder of the season. They are sweet stories about the perils of commercialism, the value of friendship and family, and spreading joy and goodwill to others. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is not your typical Christmas classic. Clark Griswold would love nothing more than to host the most perfect Christmas ever, but the holiday itself keeps getting in the way of making that dream come true. As does his family. It might not be fun for him to experience one disaster after another, but it sure is funny to watch. And beneath all of the comedy and terrors lies a film that still has its heart in the right place.
Most emotional moment?There’s a genuinely beautiful moment with Clark and Ruby Sue, the young daughter of Eddie. She finds Clark in the kitchen fantasizing about a beautiful department store clerk skinny dipping in his future pool (but, uh,we swear it’s still a very sweet scene). She asks him if he’s Santa, because being in his home has been a gift unto itself, especially after she didn’t get any presents last year. He says no he’s not, but he does end up playing Santa for her and her brother anyway. It’s a tender moment and in the best spirit of the season, but done in true National Lampoon style because this is how their conversation starts.When you can be sentimental and make us laugh all at the same time you’ve given us a reason to take the same Christmas Vacation ever holiday season.