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12/18/2014 03:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Christmas Expectations vs. The Reality That We've Come To Accept

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If "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" taught us anything, it's that the idea of the perfect Christmas is one hilarious myth, but it's the things that don't go according to plan that are usually the most memorable.

Here are some prime examples of our idyllic expectations, and the reality of what ends up happening around Dec. 25.

1. Decking Out Your House With Intricate Christmas Lights

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2. Putting The Star On Top Of The Christmas Tree

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3. Beautifully Wrapping Gifts In Christmas Paper

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4. Taking A Child's Photo On Santa's Lap

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5. Snapping A Sexy Holiday Selfie

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6. Enjoying A Classy, Professional Office Holiday Party

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7. Gathering The Kids For A Classic Group Photo

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8. Crafting A D.I.Y. Christmas Stocking

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9. Asking Your Husband To "Get Into The Holiday Spirit"

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10. Remembering The True Meaning Of Christmas

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