Christmas Movie Trivia: 15 Things You Never Knew (PHOTOS)

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Christmas Movie Trivia: 15 Things You Never Knew (PHOTOS)

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Christmas Movie Trivia: 15 Things You Never Knew (PHOTOS)

It’s that time of year again — the time when we don our long underwear, pour ourselves some eggnog, and settle in for a long winter’s… binge watch of our favorite Christmas movies!

But before you watch your favorite yuletide cinema, study up on these little-known facts. Flip through the slideshow to check out eight items of vital Christmas movie trivia.

Christmas Movie Trivia: 15 Things You Never Knew (PHOTOS)
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1. ’Love Actually’

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1. ’Love Actually’

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When Daniel (aka Liam Neeson) meets Carol (aka Claudia Schiffer), he accidentally calls her Karen, the name of his best friend in the movie, aka Emma Thompson. Did he misspeak… or speak his true feelings?

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2. ’The Holiday’

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2. ’The Holiday’

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Dustin Hoffman only had a cameo in this Cameron Diaz-Kate Winslet film by sheer happenstance. He happened to be driving by the set and stopped to see what was filming, only to see his friend Nancy Meyers directing the movie.

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3. ‘Home Alone’

3. ‘Home Alone’

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At dinner on the eve of the McCallister’s trip to Paris, we see a brief shot of Kevin’s dad accidentally sweeping the plane ticket marked “Kevin” into the trash. Had he not, he and his wife might have known one of their offspring was missing!

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4. ‘Elf’

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4. ‘Elf’

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Ming Ming, a fellow elf of Will Ferrell’s Buddy, is played by Peter Billingsley, aka Ralphie from A Christmas Story (which has its own secret — keep reading!).

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5. ’A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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5. ’A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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If you’ve ever thought that Sally Brown’s lines seem a little awkward, it’s because voice actress Kathy Steinberg hadn’t yet learned to read and had to be fed her lines.

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6. ‘A Christmas Story’

6. ‘A Christmas Story’

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The scene in which Flick’s tongue gets stuck to the frozen flagpole was a bit of movie magic — involving a suction tube and a small hole in the pole.

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7. ‘Scrooged’

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7. ‘Scrooged’

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In the scene where the sadistic Ghost of Christmas Present is taunting Frank, actress Carol Kane (of Unstoppable Kimmy Schmidt fame) actually tore Bill Murray’s lip, forcing a days-long break in production.

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8. ‘The Polar Express’

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8. ‘The Polar Express’

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Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara voiced the pint-sized protagonist in this CGI flick, but it was none other than future Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson who did the motion capture work.

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9. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

9. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

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The town of Bedford Falls was a four-acre set constructed on the RKO studio lot — with 75 buildings and a Main Street the length of three city blocks.

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10. ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

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10. ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

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Jim Carrey’s Grinch prosthetics were so uncomfortable, the studio had him talk with a consultant who teaches CIA agents how to endure torture.

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11. ‘The Santa Clause’

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11. ‘The Santa Clause’

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For one week in November 1994 during which this Disney film was #1 at the box office, Tim Allen also had the #1 rated television show (Home Improvement) and the #1 New York Times bestselling book (Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man).

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12. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

12. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

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X-Men star Patrick Stewart narrated this film’s original introduction, and it can still be heard on the film’s soundtrack.

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13. ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’

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13. ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’

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One of the stores shown in the film bears the name Micklewhite — because Michael Caine, who plays Scrooge in this flick, was born Maurice Micklewhite.

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14. ‘The Family Stone’

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14. ‘The Family Stone’

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The photo of a young, pregnant Sybil — which Meredith frames for each member of the family — is actually a photo of Diane Keaton in her younger days. But the baby bump was Photoshopped because Diane has never been pregnant.

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15. ‘Four Christmases’

15. ‘Four Christmases’

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Reese Witherspoon was hit in the face with a ceramic plate during the filming of a dinner scene. She got five stitches, and production was delayed for three days.

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It’s that time of year again — the time when we don our long underwear, pour ourselves some eggnog, and settle in for a long winter’s… binge watch of our favorite Christmas movies!

But before you watch your favorite yuletide cinema, study up on these little-known facts. Flip through the slideshow to check out eight items of vital Christmas movie trivia.