Family decks out house with 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' theme for special cause

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Ohio family steps up holiday decorated Griswold house display, raising awareness for special cause
For seven years, Rachel and Greg Osterland have decorated their home after "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation's" Griswold house, this year they're adding an extra display with the help of a local high school to raise more awareness for a special cause.

WADSWORTH, Ohio -- For the past seven years, Rachel and Greg Osterland have decorated their home to look like the popular Griswold house from the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" in order to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis research.

This year, the Wadsworth, Ohio, couple is stepping up their "Christmas Vacation" themed holiday display by adding an RV, hoping to attract more attention and raise more funds.

A teacher and students from Wadsworth High School's automotive technologies program are helping the couple recreate the rustic holiday RV seen in the Christmas movie.

"We painted it with some house latex paint and came up with a plan to make it look rustic," says Pete Alexander, Wadsworth High School auto teacher. "It's ready to take for a drive right now, but I don't know how far I'd take it."

The Osterland couple plans to unveil their display on Black Friday and hope to add to the $7,000 they've raised over the years to a good cause.