Find the Tylenol because the relatives are coming for ‘Christmas Vacation’

Classic Corner: Fan-favorite film lights up the holidays like a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant

Chevy Chase in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

With the holidays almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about decking the halls, purchasing the perfect gifts, and of course, planning for those relatives.

While maybe not everyone’s family is picture perfect, some mental preparation could be necessary. AMC has the perfect prescription by offering a double dose of holiday humor with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 5.

Here’s look back at some fun facts that you may not know about the classic flick, all of which have led the Griswolds to be a part of everyone’s extended family.

Mae Questel, who played dear Aunt Bethany, made this the last film she ever made. Though her cat-wrapped lines were few, they sure continue to bring plenty of laughs. Her other notable work includes providing the voices of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. “Play ball!”

Squirrel! A trained woodland creature was poised to take its place in the spotlight, but it died prior to the scene being shot. Instead, a wild version was used in its place. That’s just plain nuts!

In the iconic tantrum scene when the exterior lights wouldn’t illuminate, Clark (Chevy Chase) actually broke his pinky finger while punching the plastic Santa and reindeer display in the front yard. In response to the pain, he resorted to kicking them instead. Talk about, “Where’s the Tylenol?” Since it’s 2020, you’d better have some on hand!

Other Retro Rewinds:

“Home Alone” (Freeform, Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 3):

It’s hard to believe it’s been three decades since eight-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) became the man of the house for the holidays and had to defend his home on Christmas Eve. The 1990 comedy saw several spinoffs, with airings of “Home Alone 2” immediately following the original. I’m sure those bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are still feeling the pain! 

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Freeform, Saturday): 

The narrating snowman warms our hearts here in one of the most well-known holiday specials in history. Voiced by Burl Ives, the well-dressed Sam tells us the story of the year Christmas was almost canceled due to a big snowstorm, until a certain reindeer saved the day. Pull up an ice block and lend an ear.

“Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July” (AMC, Saturday):

When the title reindeer realizes his famous red nose is getting dim, Santa Claus explains that the glow was provided years ago by Lady Borealis to make sure he could make it through a storm created by the evil Winterbolt, ruler of the North Pole. Now the villain is awake and trying to extinguish Rudolph’s nose for good. Later in the day on the same cable outlet, be sure to catch “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”

“Frosty the Snowman” (Freeform, Saturday):

The happy, jolly soul tries to avoid an evil magician to find his way back to the North Pole with the help of a little girl named Karen. Though a certain scene may make your eyes puddle up, donʼt you cry. Santa arrives on the scene to make things right. Happy birthday!

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