WATCH: Burley ID Home Movie Is Straight Outta Christmas Vacation
Film-watching is a tradition for many Idaho families during the holidays. Some of these movies that loved ones get together to watch and reminisce over were created on a camcorder decades ago, and I recently found some cool footage from 1970 out of Burley, Idaho, that I thought I'd share.
For anyone who has ever watched Christmas Vacation, perhaps the greatest scene in the holiday classic from 1989 is when Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) gets stuck in the attic. What happens next is the sort of magic that only cinema can provide.
I've watched Christmas Vacation every year in December for the past three decades at least. It's a family favorite, and I think the reason it's such a popular film is that a lot of people can relate to the madness that the Christmas holiday can bring. Company visiting, strange relatives acting in bizarre fashion, the joyful awkwardness of large meals, and somehow finding a way to look back at the holiday and wonder how in the hell you pulled it off.
The scene is a poignant one. Clark gets choked up watching footage from an old fifties Christmas he celebrated with his parents, and then gets rudely (and hilariously) interrupted when his own family gets back from shopping.
Not to be outdone is a YouTube post that shows 50-year-old footage of a couple enjoying a winter day with a quick snowball fight and the construction of a Frosty of their own. The attire is definitely a sign of the time, and the grainy footage just adds to the nostalgic vibe.
Happy Holidays Southern Idaho!