Watching holiday movies like A Christmas Carol and White Christmas is one of the best things about this time of year. All these flicks are just so damn cheery and stuffed with a family-friendly sugar that can sweeten even the biggest cynic’s palette. Simply put, Christmas movies are fun and innocent AF.
But not totally innocent. Yes, even the most innocuous films in this genre contain subtle, inappropriate moments that probably flew over your head as a child. Playboys! Liquor! Swinger parties! Who let these taboo topics stay in movies made for children?! Granted, you probably didn’t notice the references then—but you’ll definitely notice them now. These eight particular sketchy references from holiday movies will shake your Buddy the Elf–loving soul to the core.
When George Bailey debates selling naked pictures of Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life.
When Scott Calvin’s coworkers overtly fat-shame him and then kick him out of a meeting in The Santa Clause. Let him eat his brownies, damn it!
When you realize the party that the elderly sisters throw in How the Grinch Stole Christmas is for swingers. (That key jar isn’t fooling us anymore, Jim Carrey!)
When Clark is essentially having a sexual fantasy in his kitchen that gets interrupted by his daughter (A Christmas Vacation).
When Buddy adds liquor to his coffee in Elf, thinking it’s syrup, and gets totally wasted as a result. (Hopefully you didn’t pick up on this at 10 years old!)
When the young boy in The Polar Express tells the hobo he’s looking for a girl—she’s literally lost—and the hobo replies, “Ain’t we all?” (A mildly sexual reference that my 13-year-old brain certainly didn’t understand.)
The fact that Ted, Liz’s neighbor, is clearly trying to start an affair with her in Jingle All the Way.
And finally, when Kevin (a child) reads an issue of Playboy after his family leaves him in Home Alone.
Ho, ho, NO!
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