20+ Hidden Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies That’ll Make Watching Them 10x Better

13. In Jingle all the Way, the whole movie was actually inspired by the Cabbage Patch Kids craze from the Christmas season of 1983.

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14. In Elf, none of the shots with Buddy at the North Pole involved CGI or special effects – it was all done with forced perspective.

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15. In Miracle on 34th Street, actor John Payne, who played Fred Gailey, loved the movie so much that he actually wrote a sequel to the Christmas classic when he was older.

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In Maureen O’Hara’s autobiography, she said, “We talked about it for years, and he eventually even wrote a screenplay sequel. He was going to send it to me but tragically died before he could get around to it. I never saw it and have often wondered what happened to it.”



16. In Die Hard, Bruce Willis’ character spent most of the movie doing crazy things (like stepping on glass) while barefoot, so he actually wore fake rubber feet.

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17. In The Holiday, the website that Iris and Amanda used to swap houses is actually real.

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18. In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, there was a scene where Rusty watched Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, which was a full-circle moment because Capra’s grandson actually worked on Christmas Vacation.

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His grandson, Frank Capra III, was the second assistant director on the film.


19. In Elf, Will Ferrell, Jon Favreau, and a single cameraman ran through New York on the final day of shooting and interacted with random people on the streets to film the “Buddy discovers New York” montage.

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20. In Last Holiday, the deluxe hotel that Queen Latifah’s character stays at, the Grandhotel Pupp, is a real-life hotel in the Czech Republic.

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The Grandhotel Pupp was also featured in Casino Royale.

21. In Meet Me in St. Louis, Margaret O’Brien’s mother would get her to cry on command while filming the sad scenes by telling her that her rival actor on the MGM lot was a better crier than her.


Vincente Minelli (Judy Garland’s husband) wrote in his book that he got Margaret to cry by telling her that her dog died, but Margaret said that neither her mom nor Judy Garland would stand for that sort of thing.

Instead, she said: “The way they got me to cry is that June Allyson and I were in competition as the best criers on the MGM lot. So when I was having trouble crying, my mother would come over to me and say, ‘I’ll have the makeup man put the false tears down your face, but June is such a great, great actress – she always cries real tears. And then I started crying, because I couldn’t let June win the competition.'”


22. In It’s a Wonderful Life, the whole holiday picture was actually shot in the summer of 1946, and it occasionally got so hot that production literally had to be shut down for a few days.

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23. And in The Santa Clause, Disney had a strict policy against hiring ex-cons, but Tim Allen, who was arrested in 1978 for the possession of nearly 1.5 pounds of cocaine, was given an exception.

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