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December 25, 2018 · 8:47 am

122 Facts about Some of Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Over the years we’ve explored some great Christmas movies…we learned about who voiced all the kids in A Charlie Brown Christmas (it was actually a bunch of kids!), how Chevy Chases’s rant scene was filmed for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and even what inspired the “accidental boob graze” in The Holiday.

If you’ve missed any of the holiday-themed fun fact articles, I’ve gathered them all here for your reading pleasure!

So after you’re done shopping, when the gifts are wrapped and the kids are put to bed, pour yourself a glass of eggnog and enjoy these fun facts about some of your favorite Christmas movies!

122 Facts about Some of Your Favorite Christmas Movies

15 Fun Facts about A Charlie Brown Christmascharlie-brown-christmas

13 Fun Facts about National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationchristmas-vacation-fun-facts

23 Fun Facts about Home Alonehome-alone-fun-facts

27 Fun Facts about The HolidayTHE HOLIDAY

19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmashow-the-grinch-stole-christmas

25 Fun Facts about It’s a Wonderful Lifeits-a-wonderful-life

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7 Super Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

Well, it’s now T-minus 5 days until the big day…do you have all your stockings stuffed?

If not, no worries! Here are 7 SUUUUPER last-minute stocking stuffers you can make and gift this weekend!

7 Super Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Cubes
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Cubes

These scrubbie cubes make a great gift for anyone on your list. Refreshing and soft on the skin, these scrub cubes are sure to become holiday favorites in everyone’s stocking.

Grinch Bath Bomb Ornament
Grinch Bath Bomb Ornaments

This is like two gifts in one! Presented as an ornament, this gift can then be opened and used as a bath bomb for after the holidays. I mean, let’s be real, we’re all gonna need to relax after this one, right? 😉

Handmade Sushi Roll SocksDIY Sushi Socks

Simply roll and pin some socks and you’ve got yourself a gift! Gift or “serve” them in a little bento box for a fun presentation.

Popcorn Ball KitsPopcorn Ball Kits

Filled with everything you need to make your own popcorn balls, these kits are super easy to make and great for gifting to cousins, co-workers and neighbors.

DIY Jewelry DishDIY Clay Jewelry Dish

Moms, grandmas, sisters, aunts and friends will love this beautiful clay dish…and you’ll love how easy (and fast!) these are to make! Don’t forget to make one for yourself, too!

DIY Grippy Socks10 DIY Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Turn plain ol’ socks into cozy grippers with a little fabric paint. Create a cute snowflake or star design, or let your imagination run wild!

DIY Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

A few ingredients come together to create this delicious scrub that will help get anyone through the winter. You can make one huge batch or several small ones. Step aside, Santa…gift-giving just got real…

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10 Winter Decorations You Can Have Up All Season

The best thing about winter decorations is the fact that you can keep them up through February. Simple snowflakes, white winter wonderland scenes, they all make for beautiful decor you can showcase all season.

To help you get started, here are 10 winter decorations you can have on display for at least three more months!

10 Winter Decorations You Can Have Up All Season

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Turn mason jars and other glass containers into seasonal snow globes.

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Turn scraps of yarn into a fun winter wreath you can have up throughout January.

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Paint pine cones white and arrange them in a candle display for a beautiful winter decoration that will instantly warm your home.

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Fill pots and jars with evergreen branches for a stunning entryway decoration.

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Paper snowflakes can easily decorate a paneled door.

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Need a helpful reminder that spring really is coming? This sign should do the trick!

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Curl up with this snowy snowflake button pillow.

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Plants need to be cozy, too! These adorable planters will help keep your greenery nice and warm throughout the cold months (and you don’t even need to know how to knit to make them!).

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These golden antlers add an expensive look at dollar store prices.

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Bring the beauty of winter inside with these cute winter branches.

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10 Foods From Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Now that we’re about mid-December, you should have seen White Christmas at least 2 times by now, right?

If you’re gearing up to binge your favorite holiday film, check out this list of delicious recipes inspired by the films that make this the best time of the year. From meatloaf inspired by A Christmas Story to the Morton Family strata recipe straight from The Family Stone, here are 10 recipes inspired by your favorite Christmas movies.

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10 Foods From Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Roast Goose, A Christmas Carol

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Egg Nog, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Cheese Pizza, Home Alone

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Meatloaf, A Christmas Story

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Hot Chocolate, The Polar Express

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Chocolate Ice Cream with Coconut, It’s a Wonderful Life

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Buddy’s Pasta, Elf

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Who Fudge, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Ham and Cheese on Rye, White Christmas

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Morton Family Strata, The Family Stone

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19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Bleeding hearts of the world unite!

Whether you’re a fan of the original TV special or the newer 2000 movie starring Jim Carrey, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without The Grinch.

A story with a sweet message and a curmudgeon you can’t help but love, both versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas have become beloved classics in homes all over the world. And with the recent release of the 2018 version starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch as seen a resurgence in popularity…

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If you are a fan of the original, the remake or both, you’re going to love this collection of 19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The original Grinch from the Dr. Seuss book was black and white with pink eyes. The decision to make him green came from animator and director Chuck Jones when he created the original animated film.

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Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and Jones actually worked together previously on Army training videos. They created an instructional cartoon called Private Snafu, featuring a bumbling protagonist who helped illustrate the dos and don’ts of Army safety protocols.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas almost didn’t get made because it didn’t have a sponsor. However, it finally found support from The Foundation for Commercial Banks…despite the popular line: “Perhaps Christmas doesn’t come from a store”.

The budget for HTGSC was massive, about $300,000 ($2.2 million in today’s dollars). That was almost unheard of for a TV cartoon, especially compared to the popular special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, which had a budget of $96,000 (or $722,000 today).

Though they don’t appear in the book, Geisel also wrote the lyrics to “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”.

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Narrator Boris Karloff is often credited with singing the title song; however, it was actually the voice behind Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft. Geisel did not give Ravenscroft credit in the film (which supposedly was an oversight) and wrote a letter to him to apologize.

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Geisel thought the illustration of Grinch had a striking resemblance to Jones himself.

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The voice of Cindy Lou was provided by June Foray, a legendary voice actress who also voiced Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s Cinderella, and Grandmother Fa in Disney’s Mulan.

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Karloff also won a Grammy for his narration of the HTGSC story on the vinyl record.

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Towards the end of the special, the Grinch’s eyes change from red to blue to match his change of personality from evil to good.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were both considered for the role of the Grinch before Jim Carrey was cast in role.

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It took Carrey almost three hours to get all the Grinch makeup on, and about an hour to take it off. He spent a total of 92 days in full makeup.

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It was worth it, though. The film took home the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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The film was almost directed by Tim Burton, however it conflicted with Burton’s then project, Sleepy Hollow.

Cindy Lou Who is played by Taylor Momsen, who would go on to be Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl.

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The actors who played Whos also had to go to Who School to learn movement and facial expressions.

The movie also included a fair number of Cirque de Soleil performers for the acrobatic stunts.

The man who played the young Grinch was Josh Ryan Evans, who was 18 at the time. He had a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.

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Carrey’s Grinch suit was made with yak hair, dyed green, and sewn onto a spandex suit.

Jim Carrey Christmas Movies GIF

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Grinchy Christmas Ornament

Looking for a cute stocking stuffer for your little Grinch lover Whoville citizen? This Grinchy Christmas Ornament is just the thing! Filled with paper, feathers, or any other green, Grinchy filling, this ornament takes minutes to make and even features a quote tag from the book.

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Grinchy Christmas Ornament

Materials:

  • Clear plastic ornament
  • Green filling (such as feathers, paper, or even paint or glitter)
  • Red felt heart
  • Hot glue gun
  • Grinch Printable Tag (see below)
  • Red ribbon or twine

 

Instructions:

Fill your ornament with your green filling. Be sure to keep weight in mind (avoid using heavy things like beads unless you have REALLY supportive branches!).

Using a hot glue gun, attach your felt heart to the outside of the ornament.

String on the printable with red ribbon and you’re good to go!

 

Want to make your own? Here’s the tag:

grinch-printable

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