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If you’ve ever walked out into the freezing cold and uttered “It’s a bit nipply out,” congratulations: you’re probably one of the many fans of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — the third installment of the Vacation series. A perennial favorite, this 1989 John Hughes’s film follows Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) as he tries to make a memorable holiday for his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), son Rusty (Johnny Galecki) and daughter Audrey (Juliette Lewis). National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 30th Anniversary 1989 2019 signature shirt Griswaldian comedy ensues: Clark uproots a 20-foot Christmas tree, emblazons his home in blackout-inducing Christmas lights, and hosts a disastrous dinner for his family that includes surprise visitor, Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid). Ever wonder what happened to these Christmas stars?
Soon after, both Clark’s and Ellen’s parents arrive to spend Christmas, but their bickering quickly begins to annoy the family. Clark, however, maintains a positive attitude, determined to have a “fun old-fashioned family Christmas.” He covers the house’s entire exterior with 25,000 twinkle lights, which fail to work at first, as he has accidentally wired them through his garage’s light switch. When they finally come on, they temporarily cause a citywide power shortage and create chaos for Clark’s snobby neighbors, Todd and Margo. While standing on the front lawn admiring the lights, Clark is shocked to see Ellen’s cousin Catherine and her husband Eddie, as they arrive unannounced with their children, Rocky and Ruby Sue, and their Rottweiler dog, Snots.