Like seemingly everyone in my generation, I’m of the mindset that Jon Favreau’s Elf is a Christmas classic. What kind of scrooge doesn’t enjoy the adventures of Will Ferrell’s lovably naive Buddy the Elf?
The movie’s climactic scene – which includes brilliant allusions to Lethal Weapon, The Lord of the Rings, and the freaking Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot video – revolves around the third rule of being an elf. In case you haven’t watched Elf in the last 48 hours, let me refresh your memory:
The 3 Rules of Being an Elf
- Treat every day like Christmas.
- There’s room for everybody on the nice list.
- The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
As someone who spent years singing in bands and choral groups, I love that last rule. And the best part? It’s totally true. Singing – especially in a group – will straight up make you feel way, way better about life. These are the tangible effects of Christmas cheer, people.
So grab some friends and maybe a couple of instruments (or drinks) and get to it. That Christmas cheer isn’t going to spread itself.