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    24 Teeny-Tiny Details You Probably Missed In These Iconic Christmas Movies

    Ho-ho-how did I miss all these deets?


    In Elf (2003) the Gimbel’s manager has a “Wanda” name tag. The filmmakers hired Wanda Sykes for the role but she dropped out at the last minute. When Faizon Love came on for his scenes he chose to wear Wanda’s nametag. from MovieDetails


    If you pause the Blu-ray of Elf (2003) the status bar is a candy cane. Isn’t that nice? from MovieDetails


    In the Polar Express (2004), the train has a flux capacitor. The director, Robert Zemeckis, also directed the Back to the Future movies. from MovieDetails


    In the movie “The Polar Express” the points of the compass below the Christmas tree at the North Pole all face south. from MovieDetails


    In Home Alone (1990) the pizzeria the McAllisters order from, “Little Neros Pizza” is a play on “Little Caesars Pizza.” Like Caesar, Nero was also a Roman Emperor. from MovieDetails


    In Love Actually (2003), you can read "Burden" between Sarah and her mentally ill brother, foreshadowing that this task is a burden to her love life from MovieDetails


    In How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), the Whoville clocktower features a statue of Horton the Elephant (of Horton Hears a Who) from MovieDetails


    My husband noticed that in "The Grinch" Martha May Whovier is wearing jewels in her hair salvaged from the tree topper Young Grinch made for her. from MovieDetails


    In Christmas with the Kranks, Luther and Nora wear the swimsuits from the advertisement at the start of the movie from MovieDetails


    In Krampus you can spot the. Amityville horror house from MovieDetails


    In The Santa Clause (1994), Tim Allen quickly grabs and tries on a tool belt, in reference to his TV show Home Improvement (1991-1999). Both produced by Walt Disney Studios. from MovieDetails


    Little elf in Charlie's classroom after the first visit to the North Pole in The Santa Clause 1994. from MovieDetails


    In The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992, Michael Caine walks by a store called Micklewhite’s, his birth name was Maurice Joseph Micklewhite. from MovieDetails


    In White Christmas (1954) you can spot both couples surrounded by nine children. A reference to earlier in the film when Phil says, "I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children." from MovieDetails


    In The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), a model of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be spotted briefly in the back row of the Town Meeting scene. from MovieDetails


    In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's grave shows he was born on 7th February, Charles Dickens' birthday. from MovieDetails


    In Little Women (2019), Laurie and Jo swap articles of clothing from MovieDetails


    In Its a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart accepts his life in the end as seen in his appreciation of the broken stairpost in his home. In Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase fixes it with a chainsaw. from MovieDetails


    Peter Billingsley of A Christmas Story (1983) fame cameos as a Airport Worker in the 2008 Christmas comedy Four Christmases. from MovieDetails


    Peter Billingsley of A Christmas Story (1983) fame cameos as a worker elf in the 2003 Christmas comedy Elf. It would have been funnier if Billingsley played a bitter store elf instead but this is a fun nod nonetheless. from MovieDetails


    In the movie Just Friends after everything gets destroyed you can see the snowman’s expression has been changed. from MovieDetails


    In Eyes Wide Shut You Can See a Painting of Stanley Kubrick’s Beloved Cat Olly from MovieDetails


    The Chinese restaurant at the end of A Christmas Story (1983) used to be a bowling alley. They just turned off the "W" and call themselves "Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace co." from MovieDetails


    In Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) a poster reading "Stay in touch" is seen behind Del when he parts ways with Neal at the subway station in Chicago from MovieDetails

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