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Catch ‘Lampoon Christmas Vacation’ on Saturday

We've been hearing Christmas carols since before Thanksgiving, so you know people are getting into the spirit of the season. Certainly businesses are.

Especially movie theaters. Take Regal Cinemas' locations at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium. Both will be showing "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at noon on Saturday.

A 1989 addition to the Lampoon series, the best of which was the first — 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation" — the Christmas version was written by none other than the late John Hughes. And it was directed by the estimable Jeremiah Chechik, best known to Spokane movie fans as the man who directed "Benny & Joon."

It stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, who reprise their roles as the married Clark and Ellen, with Juliette Lewis and a virtually unrecognizable Johnny Galecki taking over the roles of their children, Audrey and Rusty.

And if that isn't enough holiday fun for you, the two Regal theaters will screen "Elf." on Dec. 16.

Fa-la-La-la-La, la-La-La-La.