The spirit of the Griswold family Christmas is in the air, and it also was on the side of a New Jersey highway thanks to some pranksters that pulled off a great one. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was alive an well on the Garden State Parkway thanks to Clark Griswold.
According to FM99, holiday drivers were treated to some fun near exit 135 as the sign for “Clark / Westfield” was changed to “Clark Griswold.”
Numerous drivers were able to capture some pictures of the sign as they drove through the area on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay in place too long or else it would have been “the gift that keeps on giving the whole year, Clark.”
Shout out to whoever made 135 the home of Clark Griswold pic.twitter.com/pxwcKwDMJR
— Andrew Miller (@Miller_Andrew21) December 25, 2014
As more pictures began appearing online, people started crying out that the Christmas Vacation road sign in New Jersey was photoshopped. Well, State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams confirmed that the pranksters had legitimately succeeded.
“We are aware it’s floating around the Internet,” Williams said. “It was called in this morning, and the Turnpike Authority took it down.”
NBC Philadelphia stated the obvious, but for those that don’t know, Clark Griswold is the father character in Christmas Vacation and the other National Lampoon’s Vacation films in the franchise.
He was played by Chevy Chase and will continue to do so in the reboot of Vacation.
After the pictures of the Clark Griswold sign started showing up online, people began complimenting it while admiring it.
“I was dying laughing,” said Erin O’Callahan, one of many drivers who spotted the sign early this morning. “I saw it right away and did a double take.”
Christmas Vacation is one of those movies that has been emulated over the years in numerous ways. Many people refer to their own family members as the chaotic Griswolds and all the problems they deal with for holidays, vacations, and even in Europe.
Families are even trying to duplicate Clark Griswold in the way he went over the top to decorate his home with “250 strands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights.”
This year, a family in Austin, Texas, decorated their home with thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights and tuned their twinkling and movement to the tune of Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.
Of course, he had some Clark Griswold inspiration, much like the New Jersey pranksters.
[Image via Twitter / FM99]