We all love our Christmas movies. Whether you prefer “Elf, “The Grinch,” or “White Christmas,” it’s a safe bet that there’s a Christmas movie out there that you love. But you probably don’t love that movie enough that your neighbors will call 9-1-1.
That’s exactly what happened to Chris Olson in Boulder, Colorado. He got inspiration from his favorite Christmas movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
Olson wanted to prank his wife by making a dummy and hanging it off of the gutter to make her think he had slipped while hanging Christmas lights—in the same way that Chevy Chase does in the 1989 classic.
“My dad was a big practical joker,” Olson shared with his local news. “So I grew up with that whole kind of sense of humor.”
Unfortunately for him, his wife saw right through his little practical joke. However, there were a few people who did see through it—his neighbors.
Some of his neighbors thought that Olson had actually fallen while hanging lights. They called the police to help him get down.
First responders quickly appeared. A fire truck, police officers, and an ambulance came to help him out.
Olson was just looking out his window when he noticed. He shared that he yelled out to his wife when he noticed. “I go, ‘Honey the fire truck’s here! The fire department! Oh, and there’s a police officer and paramedics and everything!’ They all arrived. Boulder’s finest were here.”
Olson expected that he would be ticketed or at least be asked to take it down, but the police actually loved it. They thought it was a funny way of decorating his house that made it stand out from the rest.
If you’re looking for something unique to decorate your house, you could do something like this. However, some HOA’s aren’t too happy with decorations. In fact, check out the reason this family got in trouble! Read it here.