This ‘Clark Griswold’ Christmas decoration has people calling 911

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2018

The Heerlein family in Austin, Texas, made a decision to recreate the decoration scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, complete with a hanging Clark Griswold.

As KVUE reported, Chris Heerlein and his family purchased the dummy online and spent hours searching thrift stores to find clothing to match those of what Griswold wore in the film.

The Heerlein family replicated the scene in the holiday classic where the main character, Clark Griswold, dangles from a roof in his attempt to hang Christmas lights on his house.

The display caused a bit more of a stir than the family meant it
Image The display caused a bit more of a stir than the family meant it

The family said the display looked so realistic that somebody actually rushed over to help. The officer said they've seen this kind of display before, but they were getting calls about it.

Since then, the family added a sign to the bottom of the display that explains the decoration for anyone else who might be concerned.

'He was doing everything he could to get the ladder and save Clark, ' Wheless said to ABC.

The man made a call to 911 when the dummy didn't respond.

Following the incident, the family felt so bad about Alfred's reaction.

Luckily, the passerby, a retired veteran, had a good sense of humor about the situation once he realized it wasn't real.

He told ABC 13: "I was trying to get him down any way I can".

Other families who have tried to recreate the Christmas Vacation scene have also fooled neighbors into thinking the man in the display was a real person. "Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!" the passerby told KVUE.

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