It has begun, that most wonderful, magical time. The Christmas tree is up, favorite holiday movies out, and classic carols prepped on the Bluetooth from now until the long-awaited holiday.
Of course, with all the Christmas cheer often comes the good, bad and the crazy of trying to put together the perfect holiday. Which is why, while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation last night, the writer in me couldn’t help analysing the character of Clark W. Griswold.
Some of the best characters, I think, are ones that a lot of us can identify with. And never has there been a more authentic or genuine portrayal of your stereotypical American over the holidays. With a high regard for all that is tradition and family, Clark holds an idealistic and morally sound vision of what the holidays should be, and does his best to make that vision a reality.
However, when things don’t go his way, we catch unfiltered glimpses into his many facets;
His deep distain for injustice.
Unwavering determination to finish what he started.
Impulsive no-holds-barred language
And an inability to think straight when presented with a fine specimen of the opposite sex.
I like to think there's a little Clark W. Griswold in us all. In any case, Christmas Vacation definitely reminds me of my family Christmases growing up in the 80's.
Tell me, what are your favorite Christmas characters of all time? Are you more of a Grinch/Scrooge fan? A Ralphie? A Charlie Brown? ;)