Do you like Christmas movies? It will probably not surprise you to know that I LOVE them! I have several favorites, different times, and different genres, but one that speaks to me very closely is "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
It is quite easily one of the most stupid movies ever made, which is part of the reason I enjoy it so much, but really it is mostly because it is so evocative of my family. Truly.
I love my family, and we enjoy each other's company, but it's a pretty loony bunch. In a good way, but still ... the interesting thing is that we all managed to marry people who have no trouble fitting right in, albeit in their own special ways.
I think every single niece and nephew of mine - and now some of the great-nieces and great-nephews - can recite all/part of the movie. We go around saying things to each other and responding in lines from the movie. We have cousins like Cousin Eddie, Cousin Catherine, and their family, who we would sometimes see only at Christmastime growing up. They may have lived in the same town as we did on occasion, but everyone always ended up at our house.
One of everyone's favorite things though, is more recent. Years ago, The Tim decided that he needed to recreate Cousin Eddie's Christmas Eve look for Christmas Eve at my sister's house.
(Note black dickey under white sweater)
Finally, he found the perfect one at Woolworth's. I think it cost $8.00, but it was exactly what he was looking for, and he was thrilled.
What we did not know is that my nieces had invited a bunch of their friends for Christmas Eve, as had my sister and brother-in-law. Since The Tim had been building everyone up for a "Big Surprise on Christmas Eve" since we'd arrived, he had no choice but to go through with it.
Soooo many people looked puzzled and/or scared. Several knew exactly what he was going for, and it ended up being one of the best Christmas Eves ever. My nieces still remember every year when "Uncle Tim dressed like Cousin Eddie," and last year, my great-nephew (then 8 years old), Zach said he thought it was unfair that we can't make it home for Christmas Eve anymore, because now he would "never see Uncle Tim dressed up like a guy."
*That's* funny in and of itself, if you ask me!
So this year on Christmas Eve, I hope you have a fun time with your family, and maybe even watch a movie or two. If nothing else, remember the year that "Uncle Tim dressed up like a guy," and have a chuckle.
Does your family do anything ridiculous at holiday time? I'd love to hear about it!
(edited to correct "Uncle Eddie" to "Cousin Eddie")
TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY!