Best Christmas movie trivia of all time

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation picture

Trivia: Clark Griswold in the attic watching old movies dressed in a woman's turban and gloves to keep warm is not only funny but a reference to the Norma Desmond character from "Sunset Boulevard", who watches her old films to remember her Hollywood glory days.

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White Christmas picture

Trivia: The "Sisters" comedy act was completely improvised by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas picture

Trivia: When the Grinch takes the table cloth from the table, everything on the table was supposed to fall off. When Jim Carrey yanked out the cloth however, everything stayed in place. Jim immediately walked back to the table and improvised knocking everything off and then knocking the table over.

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The Santa Clause picture

Trivia: Another Elf sighting is when Calvin and Charlie are first entering the dining room at Denny's - an Elf boy is putting on his coat to their left (our right). (00:08:50)

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Edward Scissorhands picture

Trivia: This role of Inventor played by Vincent Price would be his very last in a motion picture. Shortly after narrating and starring in a couple of television shows and a voice-over for an animated film, he passed away in 1993.

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The Polar Express picture

Trivia: The voices of Hero Boy's mother and sister are director Robert Zemeckis' wife, Leslie.

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Trading Places picture

Trivia: Eddie Murphy's entire scene in the jail cell with his "Karate" impersonation was ad-libbed, there was no script direction at all. (00:23:30)

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Batman Returns picture

Trivia: Harvey Dent, who would later become Two Face, was originally going to be in this film instead of Max Schreck. The plan was to have Catwoman turn him into Two Face the same way she ended up killing Schreck, except of course Dent obviously would've survived and become Two Face.

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Home Alone picture

Trivia: The infamous black and white movie was called "Angels with Filthy Souls." In "Home Alone 2," it was called "Angels with Filthier Souls" - it was a sequel, as was Home Alone 2.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas picture

Trivia: At one point during the song "Jack's Lament", Jack pops up between two tombstones. The tombstone on the left is a figure from the painting "The Scream" [src], and the tombstone on the right is the horse from Picasso's "Guernica" [src].

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York pictureHome Alone 2: Lost in New York mistake picture

Trivia: When Kevin arrives at New York Airport, the woman at the counter who tells him which city he's in is Ally Sheedy. This film was written and produced by John Hughes, who also directed her in the 1985 film "The Breakfast Club."

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It's a Wonderful Life picture

Trivia: The opening credits list a copyright date of 1947, but distributor RKO rushed IAWL into theaters December 20 1946, to replace 'Sinbad the Sailor' whose Technicolor prints were not ready. It went into general release January 1947. The rush probably cost Capra and his partners their indie studio Liberty Films, whose first production opened in a record blizzard back east and failed to make back its money; it also wound up losing out at the Oscars against a powerful postwar drama 'The Best Years of Our Lives' rather than facing a much weaker Oscar field in 1947. Then again, confusion over its copyright date seems to have allowed it to slip into public domain for about 20 years from 1973, leading to its constant (cost-free) play at Christmas time, cementing its reputation as America's favorite holiday movie.

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Die Hard picture

Trivia: During filming, Alan Rickman was found proficient at mimicking American accents; the scene in which McClane and Hans Gruber meet was then inserted.

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Four Christmases picture

Trivia: Executive Producer Peter Billingsly has a cameo as the ticket agent at the airport. Peter also played Ralphie Parker in the 1983 movie favorite A Christmas Story.

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Lethal Weapon picture

Trivia: Mel Gibson references the Three Stooges several times in the film. In real life, Gibson is a big Stooges fan, and in 2000, he produced the biographical TV movie "The Three Stooges."

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Elf picture

Trivia: Will Ferrell actually walked down Lincoln Tunnel in full costume, causing several minor accidents.

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A Christmas Story picture

Trivia: The film is set in Indiana, but was actually filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the only place the directors could find that looked like a midwestern town in the 1940's.

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The Santa Clause 2 picture

Trivia: When the real Santa and the fake Santa are fighting on the sleigh when the fake Santa is heading out to deliver coal to all the children, the fake Santa says something like 'You are a strange little man.' Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) in the movie Toy Story said the same thing to Woody.

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Gremlins pictureGremlins mistake picture

Trivia: When Billy's mom takes the picture of Gizmo at the beginning, Gizmo becomes frightened and runs over to Mr. Peltzer. When the scene is slowed, you can see the puppeteer's hand underneath while operating the Gizmo doll. Not a mistake as needs slo-mo, but worth a look. (00:19:10)

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Nativity! picture

Trivia: When Bob is doing his audition, he is wearing a red top with black shorts. On Bob's left shoulder, the name Ben is written on the top. Ben is the actor's real name.

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