Hilarious 'Christmas Vacation' scene recreated in Massachusetts

    Is that Clark Griswald driving through Massachusetts? (Photo courtesy of Freetown police)

    Is that Clark Griswold driving through Massachusetts?


    Chris Cabral, of Assonet, thought it would be fun to recreate a scene from the iconic holiday movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

    After the Griswold family finds the perfect Christmas tree, Clark realizes he forgot to bring a chainsaw to chop it down. So, the family has to drive home with a massive evergreen, along with its dirt-covered roots, strapped to the top of their station wagon.

    “It has always been my favorite Christmas movie and when I saw the car for sale for a good deal, I had to get it to make the tribute/decoration and my kids absolutely love it,” Cabral told NBC 10 News Thursday.

    Is that Clark Griswald driving through Massachusetts? (Photo courtesy of Freetown police)

    Cabral bought a light-blue 1993 Ford Taurus wagon car during mid-August. He spent about three hours applying a wood grain graphic on the sides of the car to match Griswold’s wagon.

    “The original was a 1989 but the body styles are basically the same,” Cabral said.

    He then found a cardboard cutout of Griswold wearing a Santa hat and sat him in the front seat.

    “The tree came out of my brother’s backyard,” Cabral said, also noting that they are adding a light to the display to make it visible at night, as well as “a Cousin Eddie display.”

    Of course, Cabral and his family recently took the car to make a very special purchase -- he sent NBC 10 a photo of him with his wife and three kids standing by their tree, which was propped atop the car.

    “That was us getting our Christmas tree this year," he said. "We had to take the car."

    In nearby Freetown, the police department is loving the display.

    “Whoever you are, this made our day. Bravo.#thingsyouseewhileonpatrol #IgiveyoutheGriswoldfamilyChristmastree,” police wrote on Facebook alongside two photos of the display.

    The post was shared more than 250 times and received plenty of jovial comments.

    “Omg i just passed this! My son took a picture and i posted it! The best Christmas display yet!” one woman wrote.

    “I saw this the other day, hilarious!” another noted.

    The display is located at 51 S. Main St. in Assonet.

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