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‘Please don’t’ travel for Christmas, Gov. Whitmer tells Michiganders

With Thanksgiving behind us and the leftover stuffing nearly gone, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is already eyeing the next holiday on the horizon and how it could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.

“We all know the next two months are going to be hard. Too many people traveled for Thanksgiving. And we will see our numbers increase, very likely, because of it. And that will coincide with the next big holiday, Christmas. Too many people are considering traveling and I’m reiterating: please don’t,” Whitmer said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services put in place a three-week “pause” that limited in-person gatherings to between two households, stopped sports and in-person instruction for high school students and closed dine-in service at restaurants.

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Those restrictions are scheduled to last until Dec. 8.

Asked by MLive if she was considering extending the pause, Whitmer said nothing was predetermined and it was too early to say, but she would be consulting health experts and examining data in the coming days.

Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said experts are “cautiously optimistic,” given the latest data, that more people started wearing masks, not gathering and maintaining six feet of distance from one another in early November.

The test positivity rate is down from 14% on Nov. 16 to 13% now, she said. The case rate is at 608 cases per million people and has been declining over the past week.

However, she is watching for an increase stemming from the Thanksgiving holiday.

“That is one thing that I am very concerned about, is that people may have gathered or traveled over the Thanksgiving break. Any increases in cases from the Thanksgiving holiday we would not expect to see for two to three weeks in our data,” Khaldun said.

She encouraged those who did gather over Thanksgiving to isolate as much as possible for 14 days and wear masks around others.

According to holiday guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, virtual holiday gatherings pose the lowest risk.

The CDC recommends anybody with COVID-19, with COVID-19 symptoms, waiting for COVID-19 test results, may have been exposed to somebody with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 does not participate in any in-person gatherings.

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The 18 Hap-Hap-Happiest Secrets About Christmas Vacation Revealed

It’s hard to make a sequel as good as the first movie. And it’s even harder to make the third installment the best in a franchise.

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But National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation managed to do just that, with the movie becoming an instant holiday favorite and one of the highest grossing films in the franchise after its release in 1989.

Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprised their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from the first two Vacation movies, while then-unknown actors Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki made their film debuts as their kids.

Made for $25 million, Christmas Vacation, which was penned by the legendary John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah Chechik, went on to gross over $72 million. While its box office performance wasn’t going to win Clark a bonus, the movie has gone on to become a modern Christmas classic in the 31 years since its debut.

Still, that doesn’t mean everything was holly and jolly while making the movie. One director exited the project after clashing with Chase, while Chechik later revealed he fought on set with another star. Plus, the studio was this close to cutting one of the most iconic scenes.

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a person that is standing in the snow: 1. John Hughes's script is based on a short story he wrote for Lampoon called "Christmas '59." It is the last screenplay the late filmmaker wrote for the franchise, which was based on his original "Vacation '58" article. There's a small nod to the movie's origin: The label on the home movie reel that Clark finds in the attic is labeled "Xmas '59." 2. The house used as the Griswold family's neighbors Todd and Margo's home on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank is the same one used for the Murdoch home in Lethal Weapon .


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1. John Hughes’s script is based on a short story he wrote for Lampoon called “Christmas ’59.” It is the last screenplay the late filmmaker wrote for the franchise, which was based on his original “Vacation ’58” article. There’s a small nod to the movie’s origin: The label on the home movie reel that Clark finds in the attic is labeled “Xmas ’59.” 2. The house used as the Griswold family’s neighbors Todd and Margo’s home on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank is the same one used for the Murdoch home in Lethal Weapon .



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: 3. Chris Columbus was originally set to direct, but he ultimately decided to pass on the project after meeting with Chevy Chase. "It was fraught with pain and tension with Chevy Chase, but I needed the job desperately," Columbus told Insider . "At the time I was living with my wife's parents. It took everything in my power to convince myself to resign from Christmas Vacation because I couldn't make the movie with Chevy Chase." Fortunately for Columbus, he was sent the script for Home Alone two weeks later. "The rest is history," he said. 4. Jeremiah Chechik would go on to land the job, making his feature directorial debut despite having never watched the first two films in the franchise. "I was nervous about accepting it, because I didn't know about Chevy and I wasn't sure if it was too commercial," he told Den of Geek. "But I agreed to do it and I had just a fantastic time doing it." 5. Chechik is actually the man featured on the cover of the People magazine issue that Clark is reading in bed.


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3. Chris Columbus was originally set to direct, but he ultimately decided to pass on the project after meeting with Chevy Chase. “It was fraught with pain and tension with Chevy Chase, but I needed the job desperately,” Columbus told Insider . “At the time I was living with my wife’s parents. It took everything in my power to convince myself to resign from Christmas Vacation because I couldn’t make the movie with Chevy Chase.” Fortunately for Columbus, he was sent the script for Home Alone two weeks later. “The rest is history,” he said. 4. Jeremiah Chechik would go on to land the job, making his feature directorial debut despite having never watched the first two films in the franchise. “I was nervous about accepting it, because I didn’t know about Chevy and I wasn’t sure if it was too commercial,” he told Den of Geek. “But I agreed to do it and I had just a fantastic time doing it.”

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Driskill hotel chef returns after stroke to light Christmas tree – News – Austin American-Statesman

For the first time in more than eight months, Nelson Toala returned to the Driskill Hotel the place he has worked as a chef for more than a decade.

Except in lieu of his chef’s uniform, Toala, 65, wore jeans, a long sleeve gray shirt, a hat and was accompanied by his wife Maria and a designated cane. The couple were honored guests Monday, as they helped continue the tradition of lighting the hotel’s Christmas tree.

The Toala family is part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The Toala family was nominated by Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 2015, the Driskill has welcomed Season For Caring families to be part of this tradition, which also includes dinner and a one-night stay, typically in the Cattle Baron suite. The Driskill also has hosted the Cookies for Caring event each year, which raises money for Season for Caring.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the hotel’s annual traditions look a little different this year. The virtual tree lighting event, which normally floods the downstairs lobby with people, is virtual, and guests and supporters will only be able to tune in online.

Cookies for Caring, which sells tins of cookies prepared by local bakeries, restaurants and hotel restaurants, will continue this year, but instead of having an event to pick up cookies, the cookies will be prepackaged in tins.

This year cookies from the Driskill, Hyatt Regency Austin, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines and Miravel Austin will fill the tins. Tins are available at driskillhotel.com for $50 and can be picked up in the hotel lobby 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17-19.

Since 2015 that event has raised $40,000 for Season for Caring.

To keep the spirit of the tree lighting tradition alive, a small group of hotel staff, Meals on Wheels staff and fellow employees joined the celebration when Toala would flip the switch.

Monday’s tree lighting was prerecorded and streamed on the Driskill’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Toala has been absent from his chef job since March.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, he was temporarily furloughed from his job, but before he could return to the kitchen he had a stroke leaving him with partial paralysis on his right side, making it difficult to walk on his own, shower or cook.

He is the primary caregiver for Maria, and now his two granddaughters Alexssandra, 10, and Isabela, 8, who live with them.

For months, Nelson Toala has been struggling to be able to provide for his family, but with the help of local organizations, like Meals on Wheels, and the love of the staff at the Driskill, they have been able to get by, Toala says.

Since May, Meals on Wheels has been able to provide the family with meals each week and also connected them with resources that have helped with mortgage and utility assistance, and other needs.

While Toala said he was humbled by the help he has received

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Coronavirus: Merkel slams state premiers over Christmas hotel opening plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel railed against the plans of some regional governments to let hotels open for family visits over Christmas, warning it risked worsening the coronavirus surge sweeping Germany, participants in a party meeting said.

Infection levels rose overnight compared to the same time last week, despite the partial lockdown introduced for November and since extended and tightened in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.

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Merkel and state premiers agreed last week that some partial easing of the lockdown would be allowed to allow families some low-key Christmas celebrations.

But in a video conference of her conservative party’s top leadership on Monday, Merkel said she could not understand the plans of some northern and western states, where the epidemic is less severe, to allow hotels to open to allow far-flung families to get together.

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Meeting participants told Reuters she saw this as particularly risky in large cities and in regions with high infection numbers.

Despite Merkel’s comments, however, the regional leaders have the final say on what happens in their states under Germany’s federal structure.

Her intervention came shortly before a meeting of the “coronavirus cabinet”, at which ministers are expected to discuss further responses to Germany’s greatest public health crisis in a century.

Though Germany has already mobilized unprecedented government aid to help support the economy through the pandemic, ministers warned on Monday that nothing could fully spare companies from the impact.

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“People have to show discipline,” economy minister Peter Altmaier, the architect of the economic response to the pandemic told Deutschlandfunk radio. “We have to do more to reduce social contacts.”

Altmaier added that pandemic aid for companies could not be extended indefinitely.

In an indication of the severity of the pandemic’s economic impact, the percentage of companies using the state-backed furlough scheme rose to 28 percent in November, up from 24.8 percent the month before, the Ifo institute said.

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Inside the Christmas themed hotel that celebrates the festive season all year long

Forget trying to decide if it’s too early to put up Christmas decorations; one hotel has abandoned all the rules and doesn’t even stick to December for festivities.

Instead, The Inn at Christmas Place celebrates Christmas all year long!

Yep, that includes keeping the hotel decked out in tinsel and twinkling lights, heaps of Christmas trees throughout the hotel that are adorned with hundreds of baubles and decorations, and plenty more festive offerings.

The cosy inn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, really goes all out. Think heaps of twinkling LED lights both inside and outside the hotel, large fireplaces with festive mantelpieces, and rooms in festive green and red hues.

But it’s not just the decorations where they up the ante.



a group of people standing in front of a building: A view outside of the Inn at Christmas Place with a colourful train


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A view outside of the Inn at Christmas Place with a colourful train

Throughout the year there are plenty of fun festive activities on offer, including a ‘Christmas in July’ programme which offers activities from gingerbread house decorating to storytelling sessions with Santa.

Speaking of Santa, guests can catch plenty of glimpses of Father Christmas whether he’s wandering through the restaurant at breakfast time to meet families or handing out cookies at the check-in desk.

Oh, and if you’re visiting in summer and relaxing by the outdoor pool, there’s a Singing Santa who often heads out to serenade guests. So guess that answers the question, “What does Santa do when he’s not in the North Pole?”.



a living room filled with furniture and a christmas tree: A view inside a Christmas themed hotel with a Christmas tree, wooden furniture and plenty of festive decorations


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A view inside a Christmas themed hotel with a Christmas tree, wooden furniture and plenty of festive decorations

Meanwhile, the lobby boasts an impressive Glockenspiel clock which plays Christmas carols and strikes the time every hour between 9am and 9pm.

Unsurprisingly, every room at the hotel is also decorated, with everything from mini Christmas trees to pretty wreaths and garlands, while bedding is often in either red or green colours.



a bedroom with a large bed in a hotel room: Two beds with red covers in a room with Christmas decorations at a Christmas themed hotel


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Two beds with red covers in a room with Christmas decorations at a Christmas themed hotel

However, one highlight is the aptly-named Santa’s Suite which has everything from a huge gas fireplace and decorated mantel to cosy armchairs right by an in-room Christmas tree decked out in colourful lights.



a living room with a christmas tree: A view of a Santa themed suite with a living area and armchair next to a Christmas tree and Father Christmas statue


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A view of a Santa themed suite with a living area and armchair next to a Christmas tree and Father Christmas statue

There are plenty of nods to Santa in the room from sculptures to a red and white throw that looks like his hat.

The suite itself is pretty luxurious offering up a huge bed, a living area, an in-room whirlpool and a balcony.

Oh and yes – there’s a gift from Santa himself for guests who book in for a stay.



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A view of a Christmas hotel exterior and gardens covered in sparkling colourful LED lights

So how does a hotel which celebrates Christmas all year long, actually celebrate the traditional festive season?

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Travel recommendations, restrictions likely to extend through Christmas: Fauci

“We don’t want to frighten people, but that’s just the reality,” Fauci said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he can’t see how the current restrictions and recommendations around Thanksgiving would be relaxed by Christmas.

“When you have the kind of inflection that we have, it doesn’t all of a sudden turn around like that,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.

“So clearly in the next few weeks, we’re gonna have the same sort of thing. And perhaps even two or three weeks down the line, Martha, we may see a surge upon a surge,” he told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

“We don’t want to frighten people, but that’s just the reality” Fauci added. “We said that these things would happen, as we got into the cold weather and as we began traveling, and they’ve happened. It’s going to happen again. So I cannot see all of a sudden, a relaxation of the kinds of recommendations or restrictions because we’re getting into colder weather, and in, in an even larger holiday season as people travel to come back and forth for Christmas.”

He also urged Americans to be “really careful” as they return from their Thanksgiving holiday travel.

“You’ve really got to understand the importance of trying to prevent further spread and further surge, that may be when you go back where you came from,” Fauci said.

The U.S. surpassed 13 million COVID-19 cases on Friday, an increase of more than a million cases in six days, according to data from John Hopkins University. More than 265,000 people have died.

Experts have warned against reading too much into numbers from this week, as states have paused updates due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warnings and increasing case counts, millions traveled for Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 8 million people between Nov. 20 and Saturday.

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Government urged to implement strict rules to avoid Christmas travel ‘chaos’



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Cars pass a Covid warning sign on the eastbound M8 motorway in Glasgow ahead of the introduction of further coronavirus restrictions on November 20, 2020. – Swathes of western and central Scotland prepared to enter a three-week period of restrictions this evening. From 6:00 pm (1800 GMT) non-essential shops, hospitality, gyms and beauty salons will shut in 11 council areas including the most populous city of Glasgow. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)





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The government has been asked to implement a “comprehensive travel plan” to avoid a rise in coronavirus infections among people going home for Christmas.

Labour has suggested that peak rail fares are suspended and mass coronavirus testing administered to transport workers ahead of the festive season.

Under the government’s current plans, travel rules will be eased from December 23 to 27 and three households will be allowed to mix in a bubble for these five days.

But Labour has urged transport secretary Grant Shapps to present a detailed plan to Parliament in order to “keep families safe”.



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Labour shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: “Families will be looking forward to travelling to see one another this Christmas after a really tough year.

“However, we cannot afford to be complacent. The virus still poses a very serious risk to people’s health.

“That’s why ministers need to come to Parliament on Monday with a comprehensive travel plan to ensure families travelling across the country are kept safe and chaos on our roads and rail network is avoided.

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“This is too important for the Government to ignore or leave until to the last minute. This is about protecting lives and livelihoods.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) said on Friday that Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy had been appointed as a Christmas travel tsar.

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The DfT also said it will publish measures aimed at easing travel disruption next week, which will take into account analysis of demand for advance train tickets and public surveys.

In the meantime, Shapps has urged people to plan their journeys “very carefully” and “where possible book well in advance”.

He said: “As some advance tickets go on sale and people begin to plan their journeys, we are closely assessing demand on the network and have already taken actions to minimise potential disruption.

“We are currently developing a plan focused on tackling disruption – including running longer trains and relaxing rules to allow more types of coaches to run.”

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Greene County recreation department holding children’s Christmas activities | Community News

Children from all across Greene County will be able to enjoy two upcoming Christmas-themed events being coordinated by the county’s department of recreation.

Santa Claus will be the focus of the upcoming activities, as he will serve as the special guest at “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 5. He will also be receiving letters from local youths who write to him through the department’s “Letters to Santa” initiative.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 per person and includes a breakfast catered by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at Greene County Career and Technology Center.

To follow CDC guidelines put in place because of COVID-19, the current plan is for the department to offer three time frames with a 35-person occupancy per time frame, and masks must be worn by attendees unless they are seated.

Also, Santa will be seated behind a Plexiglas frame in the upper level of the 4-H Building and available for a picture. Children will also receive that picture with Santa and a special treat.

A mailbox for the North Pole will be available for children to write and deposit their letters into, along with “Dear Santa” templates to compose their wish list on.

The event is sponsored by Direct Results and Waynesburg VFW Post 4793.

Recreation department director Bret Moore said all steps are being taken to ensure the event will follow all CDC mandates and guidelines.

“We haven’t made a final decision yet as to whether we will allow people to come inside and eat breakfast, or if this will become a ‘to-go’ event,” Moore said. “We will make the decision based on what is best for those coming, and what is mandated.

“As for Santa, unfortunately children will not be able to sit on his lap this year because of COVID-19, but he will be there, greeting and waving, and he will be situated behind a safety glass that will resemble a wonderful Christmas card.”

Moore said tickets for the breakfast are now available at the recreation office, located at the county fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, through Dec. 15, area children wishing to receive a personalized letter from Santa can simply send their letter with a completed request form to Greene County Department of Recreation, ATTN: Santa Claus, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, Pa., 15370.

Letter request forms include the child’s contact and basic information, including gender, age and any gifts requested from Santa, and must be completed by a parent or guardian.

A completed form must accompany each letter, and parents are asked to limit one request per child. There is no cost for a letter from Santa, as funding has been provided through various sponsors and fundraising efforts the department of recreation holds throughout the year.

Children should receive the letters before Christmas.

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COVID-19: Labour demands ‘comprehensive’ Christmas travel plan to help people avoid ‘chaos’ | Politics News

The government is being urged to suspend peak rail fares and introduce mass testing for transport staff, to help the country avoid travel “chaos” in the run up to Christmas.

Labour is demanding that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps present a “comprehensive travel plan” to the House of Commons next week that looks at the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions between 23 December and 27 December.

A temporary easing of restrictions has been agreed by the devolved administrations over Christmas, that will allow up to three households to mix in a single bubble.

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Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy was appointed as a Christmas travel tsar in the week, and will look at what impact the easing of the rules will have on the air, rail and road networks during the five days, and scrutinise their preparedness.

Labour says more than two million people used the rail network to travel over Christmas and New Year in previous years, while millions more took car journeys.

To minimise the risk of overcrowding in trains, the party has called on the government to temporarily scrap peak fares during the lockdown-eased period.

It is also encouraging the government to implement mass COVID-19 testing for transport workers such as train staff, bus drivers and highway employees.

As well as that, Labour has also argued that planned maintenance works on the East Coast Mainline, which runs between London and Edinburgh, via cities such as York and Newcastle, should be delayed until the 27 December, so people can return home safely.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) which runs the line said that planned engineering works will make alternative routes “very busy”.

Labour shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: “Families will be looking forward to travelling to see one another this Christmas after a really tough year.

“However, we cannot afford to be complacent. The virus still poses a very serious risk to people’s health.

“That’s why ministers need to come to Parliament on Monday with a comprehensive travel plan to ensure families travelling across the country are kept safe and chaos on our roads and rail network is avoided.”

He added: “This is too important for the government to ignore or leave until to the last minute. This is about protecting lives and livelihoods.”

The Department for Transport will publish measures next week that will ease travel disruption over the Christmas period, which will use analysis of demand for advance rail tickets and public surveys.

Mr Shapps has urged the public to make plans “very carefully” and “where possible, book well in advance“.

He said: “As some advance tickets go on sale and people begin to plan their journeys, we are closely assessing demand on the network and have already taken actions to minimise potential disruption.

“We are currently developing a plan focused on tackling disruption – including running longer trains and relaxing rules to allow more types of coaches

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Griswold’s ‘Christmas Vacation’ brought to life with holiday light display

Griswold fans rejoice, the house on Legends Court will shine very bright once again this holiday season enabling you to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas.

The popular holiday light display at the New Jersey home of Steve and Gina Harbaugh, that mimics the home in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will include the same cast of characters as years before, plus a few new ones, but with a pandemic twist.

“We’re definitely having it just because people are starving and yearning for something positive this year,” said Steve, the creative mastermind responsible for the authentic-like display. As early as mid-November, he said, people have been driving by his house looking for any signs of exterior illumination.

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Steve Harbaugh talks to his daughter in the window after adjusting the lights on his Mickleton home, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. For the third year in a row he has recreated a “Christmas Vacation” movie light display. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Friday after Thanksgiving began the third and largest display for the Christmas-loving Harbaugh family.

The animatronic Uncle Eddie draining his RV’s septic tank with a beer in hand and Clark hanging onto the house for dear life after falling off his ladder while rigging up the lights will again welcome passersby.

Returning this year after making a debut last year are the 1984 LTD police car with its lights flashing and the 1989 Ford Taurus station wagon complete with a Christmas tree strapped to the roof.

Upping his Griswold game from last year, Steve added another Clark mannequin depicting the scene when he takes two extension cords and puts them together, finally getting the lights lit.

“He’s got that smile,” he said referring to Clark’s expression.

The Harbaugh's "Christmas Vacation" movie holiday display

The smiling face of Clark Griswold, left, made by California artist Jeremy O’Neil, will resemble the face of Clark in the Warner Bros movie “Nation Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” right, after he lit his Christmas lights. This will be a new addition to the Harbaugh’s Christmas display.

Steve said the same artist in California that made the latex cast head of Uncle Eddie will also make the Clark head with that joyous grin.

Another added feature will be a mannequin of Frank Shirley, Clark’s boss, who will be outfitted in pajamas and a red bow and placed in the RV, representing the scene when Uncle Eddie kidnaps him.

The Harbaughs’ display has continued to gain national attention so much that the original Clark, played by Chevy Chase, and Ellen, played by Beverly D’Angelo, sent him a video shout out this year.

Just like the last two years, the spectacle is to provide some joy during the upcoming holidays and to collect as many toys as possible. The Gloucester County Toys for Tots will benefit from the toy drive and a portion of the toys will go to Kelly’s Kidz, a nonprofit organization started by morning traffic anchor Bob Kelly, of Fox 29 in Philadelphia. The toys will be donated to St.

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