The Ultimate National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Movie Quiz


By: Troy

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"Worse? How could things get any worse? Take a look around here, Ellen. We're at the threshold of hell!" That's something most people don't typically say during the holidays.  Christmas with the Griswolds features mishap after mishap, from problems with the Christmas tree and lights, to Cousin Eddie's unexpected arrival.

It wasn't long before "Christmas Vacation" became an instant holiday classic; it debuted at number two at the box office when it was released in 1989.

The National Lampoon movies give us endless bouts of laughter, then pull at our heartstrings, and finally make us dissolve into giggles once again. This movie was no exception. Did you know that "Christmas Vacation" ends on Christmas Eve? Imagine how much fun and sentimentality Christmas Day with the Griswolds would have brought!

One signature component of most National Lampoon movies is the song "Holiday Road." "Christmas Vacation" is an exception to this, as it has its own music. Do you know what this movie has that is different from the rest of the National Lampoon franchise? A sequel! "Christmas Vacation 2" was all about Cousin Eddie and his family, as they ventured out to a tropical island.

"Christmas Vacation" is a classic comedy that will be remembered for a long time. If you think you know how the Griswolds spent their holidays, take this quiz to receive your present – a great score!

What does Clark use to put up lights on his house?

He uses a staple gun to hang lights on his house. This is a bad idea, and we don't recommend you use this technique at home.


What does Clark wear on his head when using his chainsaw for the first time?

He wears a hockey goalie mask which makes him look like Jason from the movie Friday the 13th. Wouldn't that be an interesting crossover movie!


What type of animal is in the Christmas tree?

A squirrel jumps out of the tree. It then gets chased by Cousin Eddie's dog throughout the house.


What are the first names of the Griswold's neighbors?

Todd was played by Nicholas Guest. Margo was played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.


Which of these isn't an excuse Rusty gives to Clark for why he can't help double check the light bulbs?

Rusty rattles off numerous excuses for why he can't help double check the light bulbs. Helping his sister, however, isn't one of them.


What is the name of Cousin Eddie's dog?

"And this here's our pride and joy, Snots… We named him that cause he's got this sinus condition."- Cousin Eddie. What better explanation is there than that?


What corrected Ruby Sue's crossed eyes?

When she fell in well, her eyes got crossed. Once she was kicked by a mule, voila! Her eyes were fine.


What did Cousin Eddie's dog drink before leaving for the Griswold's home?

While Clark was concerned about the dog drinking tree water, there were other issues: He drank half a quart of engine oil, but Eddie wasn't too worried.


What two gifts does old Aunt Bethany wrap up and bring for Christmas?

Aunt Bethany gift wraps a Jello mold that was leaking. She also wraps her meowing cat.


When does Cousin Eddie say he is leaving?

Cousin Eddie says, "But don't you go falling in love with it now (His RV) cause we're taking it with us when we leave next month."


What type of product has Clark Griswold been working on at work?

Clark says, "Ooh the Crunch Enhancer? Yeah, it's a non-nutritive cereal varnish. It's semi-permeable, it's not osmotic, what it does is it coats and seals the flake and prevents the milk from penetrating it."


What gift does Cousin Eddie give Clark?

Cousin Eddie kidnaps his boss. Then, he puts a red bow on him for Clark. A perfect holiday gift!


How does Aunt Bethany's cat meet it's demise?

Unfortunately, the cat used up all nine lives when it chewed through a Christmas light strand and was electrocuted.


What doesn't happen to the Griswolds on the drive to cut down a Christmas tree?

The car gets cutoff, they drive under a trailer of logs, and when they pull out from under the trailer, they hit a snow bank and take flight, landing in the parking lot of their destination. Amazingly, those shenanigans don't lead to a flat tire.


Which part of Audrey's body does she not complain about being cold while hiking to get the Griswold family Christmas tree?

She can't feel her hips, legs, and her toes go numb while hiking to the Griswold family Christmas tree.


At Clark's job, which cartoon character is his coffee mug shaped like?

Clark's coffee mug is in the shape of The Tasmanian Devil. Perhaps this is a subtle nod to the whirlwind of events that take place on Christmas vacation.


What is Clark doing when the grandparents show up up?

Clark is standing in front of a mirror trying on his Santa beard.


How many light bulbs does Clark Griswold put on his house?

Per Clark Griswold, "250 strands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights." Sparkly!


Who closes the attic door and locks Clark in so he can't join the family when they go to the mall?

Clark's attic mishap wasn't intentional. Frances finds the source of the cold draft to be the attic ladder and closes it on Clark.


Clark's wife Ellen has a nickname for Clark. What does she call him?

When they are trying to figure out why the Christmas lights aren't working, Ellen calls him "Sparky."


At which store does Clark Griswold find himself when the sled finally stops?

He finally stops in front of Walmart after sledding out of control.


Which sports team is on Clark Griswold's hat throughout the movie?

Clark wears a Chicago Bears hat in the movie--clearly a football fan!


What does Bethany recite whe she is asked to say grace at the dinner table?

She recites "The Pledge of Allegience" as the blessing. This is not, and has never been, a traditional grace.


What item does Cousin Eddie crush in Clark's shopping cart when in Walmart?

Cousin Eddie crushes a pack of light bulbs with a large bag of Ol'Roy Walmart brand dog food.


What is Clark's big plan for getting rid of the squirrel in the house?

Clark didn't mince words when he said, "I'm going to catch it in a coat and smack it with a hammer."


Which carol do the Griswolds not sing in the station wagon on the way to get a Christmas tree?

They sing both "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "Deck the Halls" while driving in their car.


When the relatives arrive, which movie is Rusty watching on the television?

Rusty is watching "It's a Wonderful Life" before the relatives arrive.


What is the manufacturer of the old pickup truck that cuts off the Griswold's family station wagon in the beginning of the movie?

It's ironically a Dodge truck as Clark has to dodge the truck from hitting his station wagon.


Which of these things doesn't happen to Santa in the opening cartoon?

Lots of things happen to poor Santa, but being run over by his reindeer isn't one of them.


What is the last line in the movie?

Clark says "I did it" as the rest of the family celebrates inside.


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