There’s only one holiday movie we make a point to watch every single year and that’s Christmas Vacation. We consider it the pinnacle of all things Chevy Chase. If you briefly scan Chevy’s film resume you’ll come to the conclusion he probably feels the same way. So with Christmas right around the corner we’d like to point out a few of the many reasons Christmas Vacation is the awesomest holiday movie ever, in case you weren’t already aware.

Reason #1: The Clark and Eddie Dynamic

Ellen: “What are you looking at?”
Clark: “Oh, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn… the clean, cool chill of the holiday air… an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer…”

And don’t forget…

Clark: “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”
Eddie: “Naw, I’m doing just fine, Clark.”

Clark: “Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa’s sleigh on it’s way in from New York City.”
Eddie: [pause] “You serious, Clark?”

Reason #2: The Awesomeness That Is Aunt Bethany

Everything about this old bag is funny. She should have won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Bethany: “Is your house on fire, Clark?”
Clark: “No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.”

Ellen: “Oh Aunt Bethany, you shouldn’t have done that.”
Aunt Bethany: “Oh dear, did I break wind?”
Uncle Lewis: “Jesus, did the room clear out, Bethany? Hell no, she means presents. You shouldn’t have brought presents.”

Reason #3: The Plate in Eddie’s Head

Eddie: “Every time Catherine would turn on the microwave, I’d piss my pants and forget who I was for about half an hour.”

Reason #4: The Bimbo at the Department Store Counter

We can safely say she was the culprit behind several “secret” loads of laundry we had to do in the early 90’s.

Clark: “‘Tis the season to be merry.”
Mary: “That’s my name.”
Clark: “No shit.”

Reason #5: Cousin Eddie’s Black Dickey Under a White Sweater

We’ve tried to replicate this look for multiple holiday parties. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to score a turtleneck dickey.

Reason #6: The Christmas Dinner Scene

“Save the neck for me, Clark.”

And of course…

Reason #7: The Breakdown Speech

“Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?”

And these are only a few of the reasons Christmas Vacation dominates. Suck on that It’s a Wonderful Life!