Which Towns Best Represent Which Characters in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation?

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the favorite holiday movie in Iowa according to a recent study published by preply.com.  The study compared google searches related to holiday films, and Iowa was the only state in the US where Christmas Vacation finished on top.  

That got us to thinking about which tri-state area towns remind us most of which Christmas Vacation characters.  Let’s have a look.

Clark: Dubuque

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Like the film’s protagonist, Dubuque is trying desperately to improve things, and can’t ever quite get the lights to work properly.

 Ellen: Platteville

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Like Mrs. Griswold, Platteville is brightly keeping a smile on in spite of any shenanigans those around her continue to pull.

 Audrey: LaMotte

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LaMotte, the Audrey of the tri-state area, she’s keeping an eye on what everyone is up to, but despite her low profile, you know she likes to let loose.

Nora: Nora

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Kinda had to be…the name thing.

Art & Frances: East Dubuque

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Like Ellen’s parents, East Dubuque has seen it all, and some of it is gonna be kept quiet.  They'll watch it all go by with a cocktail.

Rusty: Peosta

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Like the Griswold boy, Peosta is eager, growing, and seeing lots of examples of how and what it doesn’t want to become.

Aunt Bethany: North Buena Vista

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Like the Griswold's 80-year-old guest, there are some weird things going on in Buenie, and everybody seems to agree to let it be, after saying grace.

Margo Chester: Asbury

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Like the neighbors to the Griswolds, Asbury wants to enjoy its quiet regardless of the goings-on next door.

Cousin Eddie: Glen Haven

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Like the Griswold’s surprise guest, no one seems completely sure what’s going on with Glen Haven, but it seems to be having a good time.

How do you think we did?  Let us know in the comments.  Happy holidays!

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