I love “Elf.” Not only is it a nice reminder of one of Will Ferrell’s best roles prior to his later (and usually more stupid) blockbuster characters, but the titular elf Buddy epitomizes the holiday spirit that is nothing short of amusing.
In the hopes of keeping your attention, I’ve laid out this blog in a series of GIFs, a la Buzzfeed. Below are examples of the how-to’s of keeping the ho-ho-holiday happiness alive, even year-round:
1. Reacting Joyously to Even the Smallest Things
Hands-down my favorite scene. For a while, I kept it as my morning alarm – let me tell you…quite effective. Anyway, I think if we reacted more enthusiastically to the things in life that genuinely bring us joy, I think we’d be happier in the long run than if we treated the object of happiness more casually. Santa at the mall? Why shouldn’t Buddy scream “SAANTAAAAAAAAA OH MY GAWWWWWWWWWWWD!” and frighten potential Gimbels customers?
2. Smile While Answering the Phone
If you smile when answering the phone, the person on the receiving end can hear it in your voice. Even if they decide that you’re a freak and ultimately hang up on you.
3. Exhibiting Unconditional Love
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Walter Hobbs is kind of a jerk. And it doesn’t take a genius to know that unconditional love can be an extreme, but it is cool to see Buddy consistently trying to win over his father (and Jovie) with his, um, unconventional bonding ideas.
4. Be Loud and Proud
I needn’t say anything here.
5. First Rate Date
Ladies, if a man takes you on a date that involves skipping and revolving doors, NEVER LET HIM GO.
6. Practice Encouragement
Even if it’s the world’s crappiest cup of coffee claiming to be the best, barristas everywhere appreciate the love.
7. Keep Doing What You Do
Don’t try to be something you’re not. As they say, it’s much better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. Clearly it worked out for our friend Buddy, whose interior [Christmas] decorating skills, snowball mastery, and mailroom dance skills generated some unlikely friendships.