Since 1989, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has been a staple of the holiday season in America. The movie has developed a cult following not only because of it’s endless one liners, but because everyone can relate to it. After all, who doesn’t have a Cousin Eddie, an Aunt Bethany, or a Frank Shirley in their life?
What you might not know, is that through the miracle of licensing, there’s a nice selection of Christmas Vacation gifts available for the Clark Griswold in your life. I’ve gone ahead and featured the best ones here, along with some Christmas Vacation movie quotes and Christmas Vacation trivia.
For the record, I’m 100% qualified to write this article, because I own an authentic CCM Clark Griswold Chicago Blackhawks jersey…
Let’s get started. Here are my top choices for Christmas Vacation related gifts this year.
It doesn’t get any better than the Clark Griswold Chicago Blackhawks Jersey, especially if you live outside of Chicago. I live in Boston, and fellow Bruins fans love to talk trash until they see the back of the jersey. The number of free drinks this jersey has earned far exceeds the cost of buying it.
There’s only one way to drink your Eggnog this Christmas, and that’s in an officially licensed Christmas Vacation Marty Moose mug.
The unique thing about this gift is that there are two Cousin Eddies you can go with. You’ve got the Dickie or the Robe Cousin Eddie to choose from. Either one of them makes a great sequential gift because you can wrap each item individually and it will take them a while to catch on as to what you are giving them. So you might start with a pair of shoes, then a sweater, then green pants, and finally the Dickie.
Regardless of which one you choose, here are links to each piece of the costume…
There’s no shortage of variety when it comes to Christmas Vacation Ugly Sweaters (find them here), but this couples sweater set is top billing. You could actually try and dress up as Todd & Margo for your Christmas Party, but I think the joke falls flat when you show up dressed as late 80’s yuppies. Stick to theses sweaters and get a laugh.
If you’re more budget conscious, or want to give something a little more memorable, then I recommend one of these ornaments. Not a Christmas goes by that I don’t enjoy pushing the button on my Griswold House ornament to hear in blast “Hallelujah”.
After you drink some eggnog in your Chicago Blackhawks jersey, slip into Clark Griswold’s Dinosaur PJ’s before heading to bed on Christmas Eve.
Drop a comment if you find anything else that I missed, and I’ll add it to the list. Also, hit the Facebook share button and the Tweet button above, to give this post some Christmas love. Now onto some fun.
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Christmas Vacation Quotes
It doesn’t need to be the Christmas season to drop one of these quotes on a friend. Which one is your favorite?
Ah yes, the Clark Griswold rant:
Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh*t he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?
Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f***ing Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of a**holes this side of the nuthouse.
Todd: Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big?
Clark: Bend over and I’ll show you.
Todd: You’ve got a lot of nerve talking to me like that Griswold.
Clark: I wasn’t talking to you.
Clark: Since this is Aunt Bethany’s 80th Christmas, I think she should lead us in the saying of Grace.
Aunt Bethany: [turns to Lewis] What, dear?
Nora Griswold: Grace!
Aunt Bethany: Grace? She passed away thirty years ago.
Uncle Lewis: They want you to say Grace.
[Bethany shakes her head in confusion]
Uncle Lewis: The BLESSING!
Aunt Bethany: [they all pose for prayer] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Clark: [Revealing his Christmas "bonus”] It’s a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.
Eddie: Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.
Todd: Well, something had to come through the window! Something had to break the stereo!
Margo: And why is the carpet all wet, *Todd*?
Todd: I don’t *know*, Margo!