Sing Like An Elf

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?

Well, fake Santas might not love him so much.
Well, fake Santas might not love him so much.

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

  1. Treat every day like Christmas.
  2. There’s room for everybody on the nice list.
  3. 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.

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