25 Films Of Christmas: Elf

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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When it comes to Chistmas classics, its very rare that any film made within the last two decades joins the ranks. Elf is one of those rare exceptions that warmed hearts and captured the spirit of the season so well that it has made it into the upper echelon of holiday classics. Honestly, I only watched this movie the first time around because Will Ferrell was in it. It has only been in recent years, since right before my son was born, that I actually enjoy the holidays so the sentiment was kind of lost on me. Several years went by before I could really appreciate just how special Elf is.

Long story short, Elf is about a baby who was given up for adoption and slipped into Santa’s bag one Christmas Eve night and gets carried back to the North Pole. Buddy is adopted by an elf, played by Bob Newhart, and grows up being an obvious outcast given his size. Santa and Papa Elf finally reveal to buddy that he is adopted and tell him who his dad is and where he can find him. Buddy travels to New York, finds his dad, falls in love with a girl (played by personal favorite Zoey Deschanel), and spreads a ton of Christmas cheer along the way.

In recent years this has become a must watch film not only in the weeks leading up to the big day, but year around just to kind of keep the spirit going in the off season. It really is such a great story, not just a great Christmas story. This is an essential holiday film for me and I hope that one day, my son can appreciate the magic and really start a tradition. Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year I hope it’s a happy one from my family to yours.




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