There are certain movies that when you happen upon them on telly you just have to sit and watch them all the way through, no matter how many times you’ve seen them. Christmas Vacation is one of those movies for me.
My job is 65% event planning, so my concept of time is a bit skewed these days, as I’m already planning next year, and I break for the holidays in just over three weeks so that time of year is fast approaching for me. Usually after the American Thanksgiving you start to see the flood of holiday movies fill the television listings, and I saw and advert for Christmas Vacation last night and I couldn’t help but think how my life would be made if I was able to get my hands on these moose mugs.
I joke that my father is Clarke Griswold, and in all seriousness, it’s true. John Hughes hit the nail on the head when creating that character and Chevy Chase’s delivery is spot on. I’m sure I’m not the only one who identifies with the Griswold family, it’s part of the charm of the movies, and what makes them classics.
I remember last year around this time when I dug out my DVDs and announced to the Boy it was time to watch Christmas Vacation, and he admitted to never having seen any of them. After I picked my jaw up off the ground I told him if he was going to survive my family it was good to know a few things – that the Griswold’s are the best fictional representation of my family and you will at some point hear this speech from my father:
Well, I’ll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation! It’s a quest! It’s a quest for fun. I’m going to have fun and you’re going to have fun. We’re all going to have so much fucking fun, we’ll need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles. You’ll be whistling zippity-doo-dah out of your assholes!
I felt it only fair to prepare the fellow for what he’s about to step into. When I’m back east next we’re going away on a short mini break with the parentals. I expect stories to come from that. As my family has one switch (go!) and the Boy operates on more of a laid back level. At the very least it will make for good blog talk.
What films can you watch year after year?