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When Christmas goes bad

'Fitzgerald' cast recalls memories of failed holidays

Christmas may be the season to be jolly, but at the Nov. 27 preem of Tribeca Film’s “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” the pic’s cast at the Tribeca Grand Hotel recalled their worst-ever Christmases.

“My parents used to fight over real tree vs. fake tree,” said the pic’s John Solo. “When I was about 12, we had both, and the fake one was silver, so it was even more horrible.”

Added Caitlin Fitzgerald: “My worst Christmas was when I was 22. We were in Panama, and hadn’t done our research because it was rainy season, and it was like ‘The Shining.’ We were stuck in a hotel in the mountains for days.”

Star and helmer Edward Burns had his own tale of woe. “My most disappointing was I had my eye on a Schwinn bicycle. I was maybe 10 and didn’t get it. That hurt for a couple of months.”

Brian Williams planted a smooch on Burns’ cheek, then cheekily recounted his worst Yuletide, which included being “held up while selling Christmas trees out of a truck for the local Catholic church in Redbank, N.J., and seeing my first .38. He asked for the cash box, and he got it. I was in high school, and my dad said. ‘Guess what you’re not going to do anymore?’ That was the end of my Christmas tree business.”

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