This Christmas classic is about Clark Griswold trying to create the perfect Christmas and setting it up in the way his family used to do it when he was an infant: Walk on foot to pick a Christmas tree in the big forest, decorate the house with twenty five thousand lights, go tobogganing the right way, and try to find a way for him and his kids to see a glimpse of Santa Claus. Clark also eagerly awaits the promotion he and all his workers get on Christmas. What could possibly go wrong? There could be no tree small enough. There could be too many visitors. You know how things go when something perfect is completely planned out.
So why has this become such a classic? There can be several theories. Maybe the time line, back when the newest iPhone wasn't the best gift you could hope for, Beverly D'Angelo's hair being a good enough symbol of that time. Or perhaps it's a hit the same reason as Home Alone was: slapstick. good slapstick is rare and both movies have it. And it's kinda nice seeing it done through a grown man, especially the fact that he uses a staple gun to stick the lights on, something crazy yet we will never see again in a movie. Several pratfalls are undertaken, yet the spirit of Christmas is still there. Pretty much every scene is like the hilarious toboggan scene where Clark shoots through a bunny hill like a rocket, which I don't see how that part could happen. But it somehow works out because it's fast. So many scenes are a little unrealistic, but that's what the Griswold family is all about. Not many Christmas movies are out there that are as ginormous as this.