|Jeremiah S. Chechik Director|
The Griswolds approach Christmas as only the Griswolds can.
Chevy Chase appears in some scenes wearing a black Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies.7 More Trivia
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Well I'm gonna park the cars and get check the luggage, and well, I'll be outside for the season.
|Chevy Chase||Clark W. Griswold|
|Beverly D'Angelo||Ellen Griswold|
|Juliette Lewis||Audrey Griswold|
|Johnny Galecki||Russell 'Rusty' Griswold|
|John Randolph||Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Sr.|
|Diane Ladd||Nora Griswold|
|E.G. Marshall||Art Smith|
|Doris Roberts||Frances Smith|
|Randy Quaid||Cousin Eddie Johnson|
|Miriam Flynn||Cousin Catherine Johnson|
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This is the third film in the "vacation" series and one of the most famous. Readily considered one of the best in the National Lampoon series of films as well as one of the best Christmas themed movies.
Clark Griswold wants to give his family the traditional Christmas holiday, everyone together and celebrating the holiday as one. He starts by dragging his wife, Ellen, and his two children, Rusty and Audrey, out into the woods to cut down their very own Christmas tree, just like their forefathers.
Once back home the Griswold's continue to prepare for Christmas with the entire extended family. Both Ellen's and Clark's parents were coming to stay for over a week. When they arrive, so does chaos. With the two sets of parents not always seeing eye to eye and the kids not enjoying having to give up their beds Clark retreats to putting lights up. But as with everything, nothing is simple with Clark. He plans to cover the house in blinking white lights, spending hours stapling every strand up only to eventually realize it won't turn on.
It's all going typical for what the Griswold's are concerned and then cousin Eddie shows up. Bringing his wife, his two youngest children, and his lovely dog, Eddie makes a sudden impact on the old fashioned Christmas plans. With the dog drinking tree water and Eddie telling his kids there is no Santa Claus, Clark is struggling to keep his Christmas dream on track.
Finally Christmas eve arrives and between the dinner not cooked correctly and the tree going up in flames, Clark is pushed to the edge when his long awaited bonus is just a membership in a "fruit of the month club". Clark explodes in a rage, outwardly wishing he could tell his boss off right at that moment.
Cousin Eddie is on the case and disappears leaving Clark to recover and bring the family back together. Just as Clark, for the first time, read out "Twas the Night before Christmas", Eddie arrives with Clark's boss, Frank Shirley, all wrapped up including a bid red bow. After the boss demands to know what is going on and hears Clark's story about really expecting his bonus this year and not being a dick to employees, his boss has a change of heart.
Just as the whole family is celebrating Clark's new and improved bonus and Christmas being restored, the police break in on the party. Once Shirley explained what had happened to his wife, who had called the police, he decided not to press any charges. The films ends with Clark proud of himself and his family, he had done it.