I just saw this today at the LAMB site and thought I’d give it a shot (since I’ve been a delinquent LAMB for a while)… The idea is to write about your favorite scene in a holiday film. (For more details, click here.)
Though I can say with certainty that I’m not a huge fan of the Christmas season, I *AM* a fan of Christmas Day itself and some of the traditions that surround it. One of the traditions I’m least fond of however is putting up the Christmas tree. (Yes, Scrooge and I are good buds.)
Every year for the last few, I have succumbed to helping bring home and put up a live tree at our house and then go away while my wife and daughters decorate it.
Part of that reluctance to take part in this holiday tradition stems from the fact that I can’t look at an indoor tree and not think of the Squirrel scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
(If you need a refresher, see the YouTube video at the end of the post.)
The startled look on Chevy Chase‘s face when the squirrel launches itself out of the tree will forever be embedded in my mind as one of the great Christmas movie scenes. And the horror stricken looks and screams from the rest of the family as they try to track it down… priceless.
As a dog owner who has a less than well trained dog, the rottweiler chasing the squirrel through the house and destroying everything in its path is particularly funny, as I can see my dumb dogs doing the very same thing. (They will bark at a squirrel in the back yard for HOURS… I shudder to think what they’d do with one indoors!)
So the next time you stare intently into that beautifully decorated Christmas tree at your home during the holidays… Listen for the squeaks of an unhappy squirrel and then get the heck out of the way!
Thanks to LAMB for letting me recount [gasp] a holiday-related movie story during this holiday season. 🙂