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25 Important Lessons I Learned From “Christmas Vacation”

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “Christmas Vacation.” While we all laughed our asses off at the ridiculous times and trials of the Griswold family, there are some pretty good lessons we can learn from this holiday masterpiece. So, in honor of its 25th anniversary, here are the 25 things we learned from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

Road rage gets worse around the holidays.

The National Anthem is always appropriate…

…as is the Pledge of Allegiance.

Smoking is always a bad idea.

You should just hire someone to put up your lights.

The worst guest at Christmas dinner isn’t your uncle that farts a lot, it’s a squirrel…

…or this guy.

A well-greased saucer makes an excellent sled.

Sometimes sales people can be really helpful.

There is no such thing as moderation when it comes to Christmas lights.

Of all the lousy ways to save a buck, giving your employees a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club in lieu of a cash bonus is the worst.

Cats don’t make great gifts either.

There are few things worse than an overcooked turkey.

Kissing your boss’ ass does not guarantee a Christmas bonus.

There’s always one member of your family who takes the holidays just a bit too seriously.

As well as one who will get too drunk at Christmas dinner.

Everyone gets anxiety around the holidays.

Tree sap is the hardest substance in the world to get off your hands.

The attic is the worst place to hide Christmas presents.

Make sure the tree will fit in your house before you cut it down.

Sometimes you just need a woman to take care of business.

It’s all fun and games until the SWAT team shows up.

The most important part of the holidays is having your family all together…

…and miserable.

But even after all these years, your family can still surprise you.

Where’s the Tylenol?

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, and documenting her love of all things cheese related. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at JennaLCrowley@gmail.com.

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