Top 10 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Movie Facts

Following is our collection of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation film message.

You can see that Eddie is wearing a mock turtleneck that shows through his sweater.
You can see that Eddie is wearing a mock turtleneck that shows through his sweater.
While Aunt Bethany is "saying grace" she skips the Under God line of the pledge while everyone else says it (explanation in comments)
While Aunt Bethany is "saying grace" she skips the Under God line of the pledge while everyone else says it (explanation in comments)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Clark and Cousin Eddie drink from Walley World brand mugs. Walley World is the fictional amusement park from the original NL's Vacation (1983).
    Clark and Cousin Eddie drink from Walley World brand mugs. Walley World is the fictional amusement park from the original NL's Vacation (1983).

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Hidden Details

The senile 80-year-old Aunt Bethany says the Pledge of Allegiance instead of grace before Christmas dinner. She forgets the line "under God," which was only added to the Pledge in 1954.

1 - The cup Clark and Cousin Eddie drink out of is a Walley World glass, which appeared in the original National Lampoon's Vacation.
The cup Clark and Cousin Eddie drink out of is a Walley World glass, which appeared in the original National Lampoon's Vacation.

" after Clark offers to buy gifts for Cousin Eddie's kids ("A real nice surprise"), Eddie takes a wish list out of his jacket. Eddie says the list is "Alphabetized, starting with Catherine." Catherine is Eddie's wife.

/u/ sandscript pointed out In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation(1989) Aunt Bethany recites the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance ,without God, when asked to "Say Grace". Uncle Lewis audibly adds in God when he joins in saying the Pledge.

Clark gifts his boss a similarly wrapped gift as presumably his coworkers.

1 - Ellen grabs Clark's genitals in the ending scene.
Ellen grabs Clark's genitals in the ending scene.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation poster
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation poster

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Plot

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Comedy
Director Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki
IMDB score 7.6