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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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For Those Who Still Believe

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“Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
The Polar Express

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16 Last-Minute Candy Barks You Can Make for Christmas

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for friends and family? Forget the cookies and go for the candy bark!

Easy and quick to make, these candy bark recipes make a great gift for anyone on your list. Use the recipes below or mix and match your favorite holiday flavors to create your own unique creations!

16 Last-Minute Candy Barks You Can Make for Christmas

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  1. Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
  2. Candied Orange Peel Bark
  3. Chocolate Cherry Bark
  4. Candied Bacon Bark
  5. Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark
  6. Swirled Peppermint Bark
  7. Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  8. Snowman Bark
  9. Oreo Cookie Bark
  10. Pomegranate Bark
  11. Gingerbread Bark
  12. Pretzel Bark Bites
  13. Quick and Easy Holiday Bark
  14. Cherry Cashew Bark
  15. Super Nutty Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  16. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bark

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27 Fun Facts about The Holiday

Get ready for Mr. Napkin Head!

The Holiday is one of those Christmas movies I could watch anytime of year and still love. Starring Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, this movie is the epitome of holiday rom-com.

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If you haven’t seen this holiday treasure, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s got heart, humor and a dash of real-life, everything you need to get you in the holiday spirit. If you’re still on the fence, check out these 27 fun facts about the making of The Holiday!

27 Fun Facts about The Holiday

The “boob graze” line came about because Jack Black accidentally boob grazed director Nancy Meyers and then apologized. She found it so funny that she wrote their interaction into the script the next day.

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Meyers wrote Black’s part for him, after she fell in love with his performance in School Of Rock.

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By the time she’d finished writing the script, Meyers knew she wanted to cast Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet too.

At first Black was skeptical about doing a rom com, but then Meyer told him he’d get to be in a movie with Winslet and he said yes.

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After filming, Winslet said “Trust me, it was not difficult to fall in love with Jack Black. At all.”

The website that Amanda and Iris use to swap houses is real.

But Iris’s house Rose Hill Cottage is not (booo). It was built as part of the film set.

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Amanda’s mansion is a real place in San Marino, California.

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The English village scenes were filmed in Godalming and Shere in Surrey.

And the pub featured is real: It’s The White Horse in Shere.

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In the week of making the film it snowed three times in Surrey, even though the crew had hired a snow machine because they thought it wasn’t going to.

Meyers knows Lindsay Lohan because she directed The Parent Trap. She convinced Lohan to film a fake movie trailer for The Holiday by telling her she owed her. Lohan was immediately up for it.

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Eli Wallach turned 90 during filming.

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Diaz kept her character’s clothes after filming.

In the film Jude Law plays Iris’s brother. In real life, he has a daughter called Iris.

Law’s favorite part of the film was working with the girls who played his daughters, Sophie and Olivia.

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When Iris first arrives at Amanda’s LA house she picks out a film to watch. The movie she selects is Punch-Drunk Love, a film about an American man who dates a British woman.

Rufus Sewell plays the guy who Kate Winslet’s character is in love with. In real life, they dated for three months in the mid-’90s.

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At one point in the film, Winslet and Wallach’s characters talk about how Cary Grant was from Surrey. He was actually from Bristol.

Winslet’s video shop scene with Black was largely improvised.

The crew removed all of Winslet and Black’s films from the video shop so it wouldn’t be distracting.

Dustin Hoffman was never supposed to have a cameo in the popular movie shop scene. He was having lunch near the film shop’s set, stopped because there were lots of cameras, and ended up appearing in the movie because he knows Meyers.

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An unspoiled cottage like the one Iris owns easily be worth a million pounds, not far off two million dollars. She’s far from slumming it, no matter how basic the kitchen.

The house used for Arthur Abbot’s (Eli Wallach’s) house belonged to Phyllis Diller at the time of shooting, and is located in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, California.

Cameron Diaz has claimed that this movie is her most physical due to all of the running she had to do.

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The example Arthur uses to explain a “Meet Cute” was used in Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938). Strangers Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper meet while shopping. She buys the bottoms and he buys the tops of the same suit of pajamas.

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A young John Krasinski has a part in this film, too as part of Amanda’s film crew.

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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

2

Buddy’s Pasta, Elf

8

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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