(This post was previously published on December 19, 2016.)
“We’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas!” (Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation).
Whenever I see Christmas lights, I think of one of my favourite movies, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
This holiday comedy is all about the high standards and expectations many of us have for ourselves, and perhaps for others, at this time of the year.
Clark Griswold, the central character, is in good company as Christmas approaches.
Social media sites are full of photos of exquisitely wrapped gifts under trees, homemade pies and cookies and other delightful sweets coming out of the oven, shopping and more shopping, decorating…
It is high season for frazzled nerves and complete breakdowns. How can one ever be as happy as Clark Griswold when there is so much to do?
The bar is set very high at Christmas
And it’s not just that there is so much to do. The fact is, it has to be done to perfection.
(wreath completed with Micron pens and Sharpie coloured pens and a touch of watercolour for bow).
My favourite part of the movie occurs as Clark works on the outdoor lighting determined that his house is going to be better than anyone else’s.
“Little knot here, you can work on that…” (as Clark hands over a huge mess of twisted, tangled Christmas lights to his less than enthused son).
“I dedicate this house to the Griswold family Christmas.” (as Clark prepares to test his lights with the whole extended family present).
And then we reach the point where Clark becomes disillusioned with Christmas and with the lack of enthusiasm his family has shown for the celebrations he has so anticipated.
“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.” (when the lights do not work and the family is ready to abandon Clark and return to the warmth and their drinks in the house).
“Is your house of fire, Clark?”
“No Bethany, those are Christmas lights.” (the lights are finally turned on).
We are almost there my friends! And then, we can relax once more until next Christmas.
Find a few hours in your busy schedule to watch one of your favourite holiday classic movies.
Don’t forget to wrap those presents, turn off the lights, and find a quiet moment of relaxation before all hell breaks loose!