14 Holiday Movie Fan Theories That Will Positively Blow Your Darn Mind
Also, yes, there is a Die Hard theory in here because, yes, Die Hard is a holiday movie.
Happy holidays to one and all! In the spirit of the season of giving, we once again took to our absolute favorite subreddit, r/fantheories, to collect some of the wackiest, wildest, holly-jolliest holiday movie fan theories, guaranteed to blow! Your! Darn! Mind! And compiled them into this easy-to-enjoy list. Ready? Here we go:
1. In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Hermey is not an elf at all — he's Santa's rebellious son.
2. In Jingle All the Way (1996), Myron doesn't exist at all and is a manifestation of Howard's stress while he experiences a full mental breakdown trying to find that damn doll.
3. The elves in The Santa Clause (1994) didn't react to the death of the former Santa because they simply weren't allowed to by North Pole law.
4. While Elf (2003) seems like an innocent Christmas film on its surface, it's actually a giant allegory for religion and loss of faith.
6. Christmas Vacation (1989) has a much sadder backstory hidden within, as Cousin Eddie is actually a disenfranchised Vietnam War vet.
8. Santa Claus allowed the Grinch to "steal" Christmas in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) because he knew it was the only thing that would lead to the Grinch's redemption.
10. No one in Love Actually (2003) is actually as beautiful as they seem, as we are seeing each character through the eyes of someone who loves them.
12. Also, the entirety of The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) is actually just Santa recounting the nightmare he had.
14. And finally — all of Tim Burton's original films are connected, culminating in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
Which of these wild fan theories was your favorite? Do you have a theory of your own about a holiday classic? Share yours in the comments below! Oh, and of course, happy holidays!!!
Some theories were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T Reddit.